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Black Bears Are In The Area Again

Brenda A. Nemcek

Sunday, May 18, 2014 • 6:00pm

WARREN, NJ - The bears are back.Multiple black bear sightings were reported Sunday on the east side of Warren and in Berkeley Heights. 
 
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife advises what to do If you encounter a bear:
 
Do not feed the bear.
 
Remain calm, and make the bear aware of your presence.
Make sure the bear has an escape route. Yell, bang pots and pans, or use an airhorn to scare away the bear. 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 sounds by snapping its jaws, and swat the ground. These are warning signs that you are too close. Slowly back away. 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 usually is not threatening behavior.
 
Black bears will sometimes “bluff charge” when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, and then slowly back away.
 
If the bear will not leave, head for nearby shelter. Immediately notify local police or the Division of Fish and Wildlife at (877) 927-6337, if you encounter an aggressive bear.
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