All images courtesy Maryann Vanadia
By Katie Cannon, Staff Writer, NBC News
ROXBURY, N.J. -- Maryann Vanadia had just arrived home with her two daughters in late August when they discovered a family of bears poking around in their trash and playing on a slide and rocks in their Roxbury, N.J., backyard.
Vanadia had not seen a bear in her yard in about two years and said the mother had a collar around her neck and both of her ears were tagged.
Her children eventually scared the bears off with an air horn.