In Town Bear Sighting 7/14, Washington St.

Just had kids racing down my driveway. I walked out onto the front porch to check the excitement.

An enormous black bear had come from Valentine St and was walking down the sidewalk toward Grand Ave. The 3 young boys chased it through the back parking lot of the M&T Bank. The bear crossed Grand Avenue and cut through the 2nd block.

Dogs were barking as the bear must have continued on toward Moore st.

Very Big Boy. The kids chasing him had no fear and the bear was calm and just continued at a slightly faster paced walk.

People at Czig Meister had no clue the bear was here... a mere 1/2 block away.

fire251 fire251
1 week ago

Time was about 8:00 pm

fire251 fire251
1 week ago

Wow! I hope he stays safe and goes back up Buck Hill or Mount Rascal.

A good day
1 week ago

For perspective.... I saw him wander past the double standing mailboxes. Using a tape measure... he was about 6'6" long and close to 4' tall at the shoulders. Well fed also. lol

fire251 fire251
1 week ago

A big boy. I love them. Hope he is safe. And wish I could see him.

A good day
1 week ago

I hope the kids stop chasing him/her. Dangerous for the kids. Just leave the bear alone.

positive positive
1 week ago

Chasing a bear can end up getting you nominated for a Darwin award at a young age. Even a kid should know better.


Not the smartest kids! Chasing a bear? If that bear turned around it could have been on them in seconds!

Deviljet
1 week ago

This is what Black Bears can do. Kids are lucky.

http://www.nj.com/passaic-county/index.ssf/2014/09/edison_man_22_found_dead_in_west_milford_after_bear_encounter.html

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/20/black-bears-kill-2-in-alaska-including-teen-in-extreme-race.html

https://www.si.com/edge/2017/07/07/kenyan-marathon-runner-escapes-bears-maine

Eddie The Eagle Eddie The Eagle
1 week ago

Re: In Town Bear Sighting 7/14, Washington St.

strolled down Madison heading to Grand


Bears are wild animals. Parents' responsibilities include teaching their children to stay away from any wild animals. Three young boys chasing a large bear could have resulted in serious injury to them or someone else. This is the stupidest thing I've heard this morning but it's still early ...

Kathleen Bird Kathleen Bird
1 week ago

Hopefully people called it in. If bears get comfortable and successful on a scavenging run, they will be back.

Amazing everyone watching the bear and the kids did not think to tell the kids to back off.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
1 week ago

Got to love how he uses the sidewalk.

Courtney
1 week ago

Yeah, but he avoided the pink peril, must be bear proof.

strangerdanger strangerdanger
1 week ago

Dam he was right by my house on Madison! Shoot I missed him!

littlelu littlelu
1 week ago

He came right through my backyard last night on Plane Street and went through the backyard of a house on Church Street while I was nearby. He didn't seemed interested in anything but moving along. He was enormous! Didn't stop at the birdfeeder; sniffed at it and went on. It was awesome to see him. He didn't make a sound as he walked by. If I hadn't have seen him, I wouldn't have known he was even there! Of course unless he decided to come up to be close and personal with me! LOL


This bear has been at my friends yard the last three mornings. This is in the area of Monroe Street.


Be careful. They can knock you down, lean on your ribcage and kill you.
Totally unpredictable.
Call police whenever you see one.


Police don't deal with bears, Lili, the state does. Calling police every time you see a bear is a waste of their time.

Jesse341 Jesse341
4 days ago

https://youtu.be/QhDinIBETiI

The Revenant. Leo gets a little disheveled.

Yankeefan Yankeefan
4 days ago

One time I came home and my ex says to me...I had to call 911 there was a bear in our yard! I laughed and said, geeze what a city boy:) Then I asked what the 911 operator said when he called....he said she asked what the bear was doing and he said just walking through the yard. She then replied "oh you must not be from around here" hahahaha


Excellent movie Yankeefan...

positive positive
4 days ago

The more development of rural areas the more we are going to see bear. They travel for miles in search of food, now they are seen more in residential areas. It's a shame.

People just need to educate themselves and not be alarmed. Do not run, do not chase or agitate the bear. Just leave him/her be and expect this to happen more often.

positive positive
4 days ago

They have 3 รท babies per year. And we wonder why there are too many in NJ?
Please post the # for us to report sitings.


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