Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Black Bear Sightings In Ocean & Monmouth Rare [AUDIO]

This week’s bear sighting in Lakewood, Jackson and Howell Township’s are rare but not impossible. Hundreds of concerned phone calls poured into police headquarters Tuesday and Wednesday regarding a black bear cub being seen at various points around the communities.

Flickr User, Mr Empey

However, state environmental regulators say it’s nothing to be alarmed about.

So what would the bear be looking for? Probably a meal and a place to sleep. State Department of Environmental Protection Spokesman Larry Ragonese says bears often avoid humans and run in fear when they hear noise.

Ragonese says “the bears are often more scared of you then you are of them. Don’t ever feed them though or they will stick around. These bears are hungry but the threat risk to causing you bodily harm is very slim. Black bears are not known to attack humans.”

Other things to keep in mind? Always lock up your garbage pails, after you use the barbecue grill, clean it thoroughly and always keep your distance if you see one.

According to state figures, the number of bear sightings for 2012 are down from last year. Ragonese says “we continue to track patterns but while many times they stay in the northern part of the state, bears live in all 21 counties in Jersey.”

If you see a bear of any kind, you are urged to call your local police department. If there appears to be a threat, they will get in touch with the appropriate animal control authorities.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Best of NJ 101.5

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://nj1015.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for New Jersey Insiders quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive New Jersey Insiders contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.