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Update: Black Bear Found

Original sighting was in area of Aldrich Road and Jackson Township border

After responding to the sighting of a black bear in the township, officials from the New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife spoke with area residents and came to the conclusion that they would let the bear go on his way, according to the Howell Townsip Police Department's facebook page.

The bear was originally spotted in the area of Aldrich Road and the Jackson border.

The state officials had advised the public to leave the bear alone "and it will move on by itself." The bear did not display any aggressive behavior, according to police.

Police offered the following information:

Black bears by nature tend to be wary of people. However, if you encounter a black bear in your neighborhood or outdoors while hiking or camping, follow these common-sense safety tips.
 
* Do not feed bears!Never feed or approach a bear!

* Remain calm if you encounter a bear.
 
* Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or mak...ing other noises.
 
* Make sure the bear has an escape route.
 
* If a bear enters your home, provide it with an escape route by propping all doors open.
 
* Avoid direct eye contact and never run from a bear. Instead, slowly back away.

* To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots and pans or using an airhorn. Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your head.
 
* The bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping jaw sounds by snapping its jaws and swat the ground. These are warning signs that you are too close. Slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run.

* If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect scents in the air. It is usually not a threatening behavior.
 
* Black bears will sometimes 'bluff charge' when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, avoid direct eye contact, then slowly back away and do not run.

* If the bear does not leave, move to a secure area.
 
Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to the DEP's 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).
 
Families who live in areas frequented by black bears should have a "Bear Plan" in place for children, with an escape route and planned use of whistles and air horns.
 
Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back!

Ken Errickson May 20, 2012 at 11:43 PM
The bear stopped by for a short visit, gave all of us something to talk about, came down about an hour after the Game Warden and Police left, walked across a few lawns on his way back into the woods, No harm, no foul!
Mark Story Jenks May 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM
"The bear was originally spotted in the area of Aldrich Road and the Jackson boarder." I think you mean border, Judy Bendar. Unless you're trying to describe: board·er 1 (bôr d r, b r-) n. One who boards, especially: a. One who pays a stipulated sum in return for regular meals or for meals and lodging. Maybe someone is renting a room to Yogi. If thats the case, keep an eye out for Boo Boo.
Judy Bendar May 22, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Mark Story Jenks: Clever:) Yeah, typos happen. BTW it's that's, not thats, if that is the case.
eliannabeth July 21, 2013 at 02:22 PM
I think this bear might have visited my backyard. I had a large kiddie pool filled with fresh water and it may have been thirsty. The pool has some claw marks and a plug missing. It also may have "played" with some toys. Some pool floats, a soccer ball, and some other inflatable toys were clawed over a 2 night period. The past 2 nights I left the back light on and nothing came by. It is scary to know a bear was near my family and my neighborhood that is 30ish years old.
Lucretia B July 23, 2013 at 09:56 AM
I think this being kind, compassionate and understanding has gone to far.....what happens when the bear wonders up to Aldrich and Route 9?
Lucretia B July 24, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Is that the plan? We expect families along the allowed route of the bear to live in fear and in stress in order to protect their families so that a wild bear wondering through the community can have a field day? The bear should have already been tranquilized and sent to Six Flags Great Adventure.

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