Thanks Matt, actually I put the fence up this year thinking like you do, it'll hold bears back and add some level of comfort when the kids are outside in the sandbox and we are in the kitchen watching. But after watching some security videos on youtube I'm dead wrong. The reality is a flimsy fence would slow them down more than a rigid style. They get caught up in a flimsy and apparently confused.
Its sad to say we have to think about this shit in suburban NJ, and it'll only get worse without a bear hunt. We do everything we can to prevent an attack, leave dogs out with kids, keep doors open, bear spray, etc... And yea obviously jump on the easy stuff like keep garbage in garage, clean grill....
Have you seen this, it was directly in front of my house
On a lighter note, I offered the bear cake for a year if he'd eat my mother in law.