We have one in our neighborhood, it has an injured front-left paw and has a limp. The neighbors all said it has been around here for about 2-3 years. I have had 2 encounters with it since moving in but the dog has had more. Speaking of changing undies...his first time meeting the bear it was about 11pm and he was outside doing his last thing of the night. We had the windows and screen doors open and I heard a howl from him I had never heard before. At first I thought he came across a porcupine and feared it got him. I ran out our back slider, onto the deck, and began running down the steps. He met me on the deck steps going the opposite direction and immediately sat by the slider door shaking with his ears back. The bear was trotting through our back woods to get away. His one other confirmed encounter was similar but he spent the next 10-15 minutes shaking on the couch pretty terrified. Pretty happy he does not mess around with them but I rather he have that fear about coyotes than bears.