BOUND BROOK, NJ - The Somerset County Patriots have not changed their name to the bears. The bears that people have sighted in Somerset County the past few days do not play baseball, but have awakened from a cold winter's nap and should be considered dangerous.

Tuesday morning, the Bound Brook Police Department issued a Nixle alert warning residents to use caution in the Piedmont section of Bound Brook. The police asked residents in the area to use caution if going outdoors.

The Bound Brook sighting this morning comes after a black bear sighting on April 19 in a backyard on Christy Drive in Warren.

The bear population in New Jersey has been a growing debate as man versus bear confrontations have escalated over the past few years. Last year, an Edison resident was killed in a bear attack while hiking in West Milford New Jersey. Bears are not typically known for attacking humans, but they are wild animals and authorities warn against feeding bears and advise residents to use caution if a bear is in the area.