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Reminder: We Are Living in Bear Country

Posted: April 10, 2006

We are experiencing a number of bear sightings in the Shongum area. Residents are urged not to feed bears and to “bear-proof” their surroundings to minimize potential conflicts with bears. Feeding bears—whether intentional or unintentional—invites trouble.

If a bear should act aggressive in any way, retreat to a safe distance and immediately call the police. To report a nuisance bear or for assistance, contact the Wildlife Control Unit at 908.735.8793.

Want more information about how to be bear aware? The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife provides a useful repository of informational materials about living in “bear country.”

If you are planning to walk in the woods, please keep these recent bear sightings in mind.