By Bill Doyle

A recent article in USA Today reports that bear sightings are on the increase in the U.S., with New Jersey being one of the states logging the most.

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Even though we're one of the top states, New Jersey actually saw a decrease in bear-human interactions, dropping 29% from 2010 to 2012. If you see a bear in your backyard, experts advise:

-don't turn and run away; walk backward and look at the bear

-don't harass them

-don't approach or try to pet them (although if you need to be told not to try and pet a wild bear you kind of deserve what you get)

What experiences have you had with bears in your neighborhood? Let's hear your stories below.