Ella and Braelyn Edwards cool off in their yard under the watchful eyes of their parents. (Courtesy of the Edwards family)

A mother in Penniac, near Fredericton, says she still has to keep her two young girls indoors because of ongoing visits from a black bear.

Krystal Edwards says she's not satisfied with the advice she received from the Department of Natural Resources.

"It was basically, 'It's your problem, deal with it,'" she said.

"They said just because we're in a rural area, if everybody doesn't lock up their garbage, it's going to be a problem and another one would move in. So they refused to do anything about it."

Edwards and her family moved to their home north of Fredericton in January. Since June, they've seen a black bear in their yard about half a dozen times, she said.

The bear destroyed their garbage bin as well as a neighbour's bin. Both homeowners now store their garbage in sheds.

Still, the bear, known as "Winnie" in the neighbourhood, was back on Edwards' property Monday, about 1 p.m., she said.

Earlier this summer, Edwards and her husband urged the Department of Natural Resources to remove the bear, citing the number of children living in the area.

A spokesperson for the department says rangers can't do much about bears breaking into garbage and bird feeders stored outdoors.

DNR policy is that a bear has to destroy property or act aggressively to be considered a nuisance and for rangers to set up a live trap.

The overall black bear population in New Brunswick has jumped in the past decade to about 17,000, up from 13,000, officials have said.

In August, a Fredericton man was attacked by what he described as a 300-pound aggressive black bear.

Pierre Mezzetta, a forestry worker, was in the woods near Oromocto Lake when the bear chased him hundreds of metres before he managed to escape by climbing a tree.

The bear clamped onto Mezzetta's ankle so he stomped on the animal's claws and face until it finally gave up and left him alone.

Mezzetta considered himself fortunate, having required only a few stitches and an overnight stay in hospital.

In July, a hungry black bear chased another Fredericton man into his home. Adelbert Rousselle said the bear was "aggressive" and left with his trash.

Earlier this summer the Department of Natural Resources set up four live bear traps in the Fredericton area.