Yesterday we linked to a report about how encounters between humans and black bears are way up in the eastern U.S. And as if you needed an example:

From the Ashville Citizen-Times:

Gaynell Lumsden was in her garage at Great Aspen Lane when [a mother bear and two cubs] came into her yard about 8:30 p.m. Her small dog went after the bears, and when Lumsden tried to get her dog away, she was swatted by the mother bear.