NJ man charged with reporting fake bear attack
POHATCONG — Bad news for the man who claimed that he was attacked by a bear on his porch: Police have charged him with making up the whole thing.
Township police on Tuesday said Jeffrey Wilson, 57, is facing a count of providing false information to law enforcement.
Wilson's report set off alarm in the community after his account of his supposed black bear encounter made it into the media.
Police said they arrived Aug. 3 at his home on County Route 627 and saw that his arm was bleeding. Wilson said he was attacked by a 500-pound bear while he was feeding cats on his porch. Wilson said the bear then fled into a corn field.
Wilson was hospitalized, but officials told New Jersey 101.5 that his injuries were not consistent with an attack by a black bear. Authorities later issued statements saying that the reported bear attack had not been confirmed.
Police on Tuesday said Wilson's injuries were sustained a day before he called police. Investigators and medical personnel who specialize in animal encounters and blood-stain analysis determined the injuries were not from a bear, police said.
Wilson's charge is scheduled to be heard Sept. 8 in Municipal Court.
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