30 Dec 2014, 12:14
I read just about every comment on this forum from 2008 to 2014 not because
of an issue with bear (I live in the southern part of Hunterdon county, and
several comments of bear sightings are listed more from people in the
northern portion of the county) but because of a problem with an excessive
and increasing number of deer - but the principle ideas and issues are
I agree with posters such as Ms R and Jennifer on this forum.
I have been a lifelong animal lover and habitat supporter but want to clear
a few items that really should come easily to and educated and rational
1. We -- human beings - by our very stature on this earth - are the supreme
beings of this planet - for better or worse. If we desire to eliminate an
animal species from this earth - it can be done by us (If you don't believe
so, just check the web for the species already eliminated by man, and
others that are very close to being so).
I am not condoning this, but for those that say me "must share" our habit
with "xxx" animals - simply irrational thinking.
For those that say "don't move to the woods" - check this forum. Many of
the commenters DO NOT really live in the woods. They may live near wooded
areas - but this is their right. And they, just like animals - have the
right to protect themselves, loved ones and property. And they should not
have to move simply because an animal group is not being controlled as to
population and roaming!
If many, say thousands of people start moving to or closer to actual cities
- don't you think that several animal species will follow there also? Have
you never seen fox or raccoon in a city area - I have... Bears and deer
have made their way further and further "out of the woods" and into
suburban areas the past few years...
Don't care what the animal enthusiasts say - further mixing of animals such
as bear and deer with humans in "unnatural" circumstances will(and has)lead
to more undesired and dangerous circumstances.
These animals change in stature and habits as they "adjust" to
co-occupation with humans. I have been studying the deer in my area for
about 15 years. They have become more bold and brazen. Have tried just
about EVERY remedy put on the web to deter them - from smell items to noise
items, etc. NOTHING deters them any more. The ONLY answer might be a decent
high fence - but I am not sure even this would help and it is simply too
expensive at this time for me...
Just one item alone - the danger and damage that running deer meeting up
with NJ automobile drivers has done - should make us realize this just how
serious a problem this "co-habitation" of humans with area large animals".
NJ is a small state with insufficient area (unlike some of the comments
from people with much area such as Montana, US, Canada, etc.) for much more
mixing of humans with increased bear and deer populations. Since we cannot
force humans to move or lessen their population - then we must lessen the
The rational individual will realize that something must be done. Whether
that will be planned culling, sterilization, or other methods remains to be
seen. I know what most will comment back - "they won't do anything..."
But just like everything else in New Jersey - they will allow this to
continue and become dangerous to a point that something will HAVE to be
done - and then NJ government will have to really address the issue.
15 Dec 2014, 21:01
This evening I had a large black bear on my deck. I live just outside the
Ken Lockwood Gorge in Clinton Township. The bear was easily scared off by
my boxer and my orange cat. I see bears all the time and they never seem
to pay much mind to me. However, they are scared of dogs and car alarms.
So if you ever want to get them off your property hit the car alarm a few
times. Worked for me a few times. Including a mother bear with 2 cubs that
came up on my deck this spring.
14 Dec 2014, 19:57
The human population in NJ is about 8.9 million when the black bear
population is 1000 and rising (but will never reach 8.9 million), yet you
ignorantly iterate balance. Absurd. You WOULD sacrifice the lives of others
just to be comfortable in your own skin. Absurd. You sir/ma'am are absurd
unless you change your thinking and your perception.
F.Y.I. Humans are in extreme abundance, but you wouldn't dare "cull" your
neighbor. Whether you like it or not, bears live in your backyard; their
species existed before you came into this world, so do not think that this
is your land. Furthermore, New Jersey Division of Wildlife wants you to
"coexist" with bears, so treat them as your own neighbors; do unto others
as you would want done unto you. Also, watch what you tell others what to
do if you don't do them yourself; you will be labelled a hypocrite and
uncredible which will devalue your call to action - null and void.
"Violence begets violence. Blame begets blame. Slaughter begets
14 Oct 2014, 19:34
STOP FEEDING WILDLIFE! You are the reason they are being killed. They are
dangerous and in extreme abundance because of the food being made
available. Good food means stronger and larger litters than nature would
normally allow. Bear hunts wouldn't be necessary if we didn't help their
population grow. Balance people, balance. I don't want them in my yard and
I like living in Sussex. They are not endangered and need to be culled
along with deer. Get over it tree huggers.
09 Oct 2014, 06:14
We have a six foot cyclone fence around our backyard here in Sparta. The
part of the fence that faces the road is actually heavy aluminum with a
wrought iron look. Yesterday when we came home we found that the bars are
bent apart. The cyclone fence is pulled away from the poles and damaged. We
theorize that a big bear climbed the fence and was inside our yard and then
had a problem getting out. A lot of fence damage! We have no garbage cans
outside, nor birdfeeders. Really scary!
12 Sep 2014, 07:47
September 12, 2014
(Township of Morris / W. Hanover Ave./ Lake Valley Road area)
Yesterday 09/11/14), before it got dark, I refilled my bird feeders.
This morning when I opened up the curtains I noticed the double neck
wrought iron pole tightly secured within the ground was completely bent
over and the feeder that holds the Suet Cakes was completely ripped off the
pole, destroyed, and the suet cake gone! The other metal feeder that holds
the seeds, although it wasn't destroyed, it was still clinging to the pole,
but all the seeds had been eaten.
I could be wrong, but the only animal strong enough to accomplish such a
feat would be a black bear!
I think I should mention that there is a stream that runs parallel to the
back yard of the property where the water flows straight down to and under
Lake Valley Road where there is a mini street bridge where the water flows
under the bridge so that vehicles can drive over.
I've been here for 22 years, never have I seen a bear in this area. Foxes,
deer, etc., but never bears.
Out of curiosity, I was just wondering if anyone else has spotted them in
03 Sep 2014, 20:24
Long story short: I am a female with a 1 year old. I have a black bear(s)
that has bitten my bedroom window, comes by all the time and looks in my
bedroom windows, while I'm asleep, etc...no one cares, no one responds to
my worries, 1 person from the NJDEP has responded to one of my hundred
emails, phone calls, etc...It's basically like I have to wait until
something really bad happens until someone in the town of Butler, animal
control, NJDEP, etc...will do anything about this matter besides give me
advice "not to run because then the bear will see you as prey and attack
you" "throw ammonia soaked rags around your property" etc...The fact that I
have only seen this bear one time, and it was less than 8 feet away from
me, but yet it's always watching me and coming by. It's very scary. All of
the research that I have done, says that when black bears do this, they see
you as prey, and a predatory attack is most likely to happen. I can't take
my baby outside and let him swing on the swing set anymore. If you could
see the pictures that I took of this bear. the one day he showed up, you
would all be horrified. You see this bear, not even 4 feet away from me,
with nothing but a glass window and a blind in between us, and you see his
mouth open and his sharp teeth right there on my porch. The other picture,
he's right next to the swing set. This one bear...there is nothing normal
about this bear, and no one cares. I was told they get so many reports
about sightings, etc...this bear has been constantly on my property since
February when I moved here. Something needs to be done! People need to be
educated about good and bad bears and learn how to leave them wild and not
feed them because that is when they become problem bears. If you think it
is cute or you are helping them by feeding them , you are wrong. You create
problems for the next person that moves onto your property or does't feed
them. STOP FEEDING THEM!
21 Jul 2014, 04:06
I live in Kinnelon, NJ and residents see black bears all the time. Just
saw a mother bear with 5 cubs, never saw that before, very cool!
04 Jan 2014, 03:17
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wish you luck in New Year!
18 Nov 2013, 17:40
I live just south of Pattenburg, NJ, near the intersection of Routes 579
and 614. This past Friday at 11pm I had three full grown black bears on my
deck. They didn't seem concerned when I put the deck lights on or when I
opened the bedroom window and called out to them. They casually strolled
off when all the bird food was gone and they had checked out my car and the
wood pile (tearing up the cover a bit). Beautiful creatures!
14 Oct 2013, 18:25
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17 May 2013, 12:57
I live in Greenwood Lake, NY about 1/4 mile from NJ. This morning as I
walked to my car. I saw a decent sized bear walking towards my neighbor
across the streets front yard. His yellow lab ran towards the bear barking
like crazy and got to within a few feet of the bear. I thought the bear
would hurt the dog. Instead he kept walking like the dog was not even
there. Very docile creature.
29 Dec 2012, 11:21
I live in north central rural Alberta Canada. We live with bears, coyotes,
wolves, cougars, owls, eagles, lynx, deer, moose, otters, fishers,and the
occasional wolverine. These animals are as natural to the environment as
the air,the water, the hills and the trees. In reading these posts I have
noticed that most of you "fear" a bear attack, I have not read of an
"actual" bear attack.\r\nAnd I will most likely not read of such an event.
Having grown up in rural Canada most of my life [and I am over 1/2 century
old] I can say that bear attacks are rare, not unheard of, but rare. Be
aware, be alert, be smart. These bears are attracted to your garbage and
bird feeders. I have apple trees in my yard, raspberries and strawberries.
My neighbors apple tree was attacked by a bear and ripped apart, mine was
not. I have a BIG dog and a little dog. I am sure they act as a deterrent
for all the creatures of the our big woods.\r\n\r\nJewely
26 Oct 2012, 09:22
I live in the woods of Raritan Twp, outside of Flemington. This morning I
found my trash strewn across the yard,two bird feeders torn down and the
garbage can which holds 50 lbs. of bird seed opened and empty about 200 ft.
from where it was originally. I never saw the bear, but had the pleasure
of finding two big piles of bear scat. No big deal--I like the fact they're
around (the bears-not the scat...). I'll just take precautions that the
seed and feeders are put away at night. I agree with some of the folks in
this chat who say, "What do expect when you move to the woods?" If you
don't like 'em, move. They were here first....
03 Jan 2012, 20:55
I'm gathering information on motorcycle/motor vehicle accidents with black
bears. If you have any information, or have been involved in an accident
or near accident with a black bear, please write me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm looking for information about black bears
visibility when coming out of woods onto road. Thanks. A
27 Dec 2011, 10:02
I have read all the entries and I well understand peoples fears in regard
to human bear interactions.I am from Mass but have hiked throughout the
Northeast. The black bear is the most magnificent creature in the woods.
Its beauty is that it is strong enough to detach a mans head. However it
chooses not to and spends its time searching for berries and nuts to feed
itself and maybe its young. Lets put things in perspective. Check with
your local police station. How many child molesters and sexual predators
live near you? These people are far more dangerous than any black bear. A
hunting season? Yes! But with tranquilizing darts. Then take the bear to a
remote area. Remember that we are encroaching on their habitat ever time we
build a shopping center or housing developement. Not vice versa.
just the facts
23 Dec 2011, 07:47
To clarify a few comments...bears in NJ are only tagged once. They get a
tag in both ears (different numbers) and a tattoo inside the lip matching
one of the tag numbers. Only bears 1yr or older are tattooed, cubs mouth
too small. A bear may be handled multiple times and keep the original
tag/tattoo. Bears were not reintroduced into NJ, since hunting closure in
1971 bears population from remaining number has grown along with bears
dispersing from NY and PA into NJ. Delaware river is not a barrier to bears
who actually swim very well. Enjoy your bear sightings.
22 Nov 2011, 13:14
Live and work in Landing for past 25 years. Never saw a bear until last
year, although I had heard some were around. Now it's almost a daily
sighting. Yesterday morning, a mother bear & at least one of her cubs were
run down on Rt 46 in Ledgewood. There's a 600 pounder, already tagged
twice, wandering around (again). A 16 year old injured bear (also tagged
twice) was in my next door neighbor's yard two times this summer, we later
heard it died a few blocks away of a massive infection. We called the
police on the injured bear, they came, they looked, they did ABSOLUTELY
NOTHING. This bear had already been tagged twice, and was back again. It
had an injured front paw, was walking on three legs. Isn't an injured
animal more dangerous? Why aren't the police in Northern NJ better
equipped and trained to deal with black bear? Why did at least one of the
cubs on Rt 46 yesterday have to get run over when they could have been
tranquilized & moved?\r\n
21 Nov 2011, 23:05
Black Bears seem to be a huge growing problem in nw nj. As black bear
hunting season soon upon us. im taking part in helping with the management
of them. If anybody north of rt 80, has a problem with blk bear & has
property they r willing to allow me to use. Plz contact me. I would like to
scout it 1st. Thank you for reading my post. I hope not to offend to many
people with this post. Thank you again. Happy holidays to all
12 Oct 2011, 07:02
Well.It may seem fun to see wild animals around the city, but there is also
e fear wandering as well. I have seen the bear almost everyday wandering
the streets of Wanaque, and nobody is doing a demn thing about it. You end
up calling the police and they say " Why did you call us?- You should be
calling Animal Controll" Well what is Police going to be doing. Is'nt this
an emergency call also. Or, I guess we should be calling 911 when somebody
gets hurt. These are some things that I dont understand when it comes to
protection from police. hey realy should be doing something about this. We
don't care it should be the Police or it should be Animal Control. Please
take things serious, and take action on your hands.
27 Aug 2011, 20:37
I love animals. I love them to live in the wild not in my suburb. "Learn
to live with them." Nonsense. The black bear was reintroduced to NJ because
hunters wanted something to shoot. If they are in the state parks and
wooded areas, fine. If they come across routes 46, 10, and 80, they should
be transported or exterminated with prejudice. \r\n\r\nI am perplexed by
people who find it necessary to feed sharks, swim with dolphins, or hike in
areas that bears live. If we were really concerned with the preservation of
these animals, we would limit human contact to people who are guided by
professional rangers and wildlife experts. Otherwise, when people are
attacked they asked for it by invading the animal's natural
habitat.\r\n\r\nHowever, when the animals start vacationing in suburbs and
even, yes, try to enter locked homes because they smell dinner cooking, it
is time to draw the line. There is no value to having dangerous wild
animals in suburbia. I like animals but not that much and all the so-called
animal rights people need to get real on this issue.\r\n\r\nAs far as the
"God forbid watch their children" comment, it is way out of line. It is
not bad parenting to want to be able to let your kids play in the back yard
without fear they might be mauled by a bear. You are not on a high horse,
you are just high. Parents of small children have enough to worry about
these days without contending with people who feel self-righteous because,
of all a things, they have never been attacked by a bear.
18 Aug 2011, 06:23
Who do you call if you have found an injured bear near Vernon, NJ?
16 Aug 2011, 04:27
I have a small Black Bear, maybe about 50 - 60 lbs that has been coming
around my property in Highland Lakes for the past 2 weeks. This bear has
been tagged twice. I've heard reports that there are 2 other bears sited in
my backyard ranging in large and medium. Seems I have a full set!\r\nBy the
end of Spring I saw a Mother Bear with a 3 cubs wandering in my backyard at
least every 3 - 5 days. It was almost like clock work. I MAKE SURE NOT TO
HAVE ANY FOODSTUFF OUT IN THE OPEN! My compost pile is very well maintained
and any scrapes are buried very well and covered over. \r\nStrange thing
though, I have a small black dog that will not bark at my small bear
intruder but looks on as if it were another friend of hers!
08 Aug 2011, 07:22
Nothing like running to the Internet to do a search on black bears once
you've seen one of these beauties in your backyard. We saw a female black
bear in our yard this past Saturday morning (Ironia Road, Randolph). A half
hour of learning what attracts bears shows that we need to get rid of the
bird feeder for the summer (crushed to bits by the bear anyway) and keep
bird seed in the house. Hubby stored extra bird seed in a bag and put that
bag inside a zippered tote which he left under our deck. Smart bear opened
the zipper and had herself a feast. Learned that they are pretty timid,
won't mess with the dog or cat and will usually move away if we bang
something, yell, or open and close an umbrella (think Mary
Poppins?)\r\nHope all is well in your neighborhood. Enjoy the day!
28 Jul 2011, 05:02
mhill - wow, you seem to have more issues than this topic so I will bid you
and your sarcastic words good bye. This topic didn't start out as a
discussion between just you and I but as a note to all that there are bear
sightings here. So take your nastiness, and continue to live in Mt.
Arlington - thank god your are not in my township.
27 Jul 2011, 21:41
To answer the question, I've lived in Mt. Arlington for 37 years. So yeah,
I've got a high horse because I've been here my whole life and have had to
listen to too many shocked people that can't believe that *gasp* deer live
here and *gasp* bear live here and oh God, will anyone think of the
children, wring your hands and worry. Learn to live with wildlife or move
to the city. Seriously. There are plenty of other societies that can
co-exist with much more dangerous bear than we have (Grizzly bear, for
example) and don't try to have every sexually deviant freak in the county
that wants to get his rocks off by watching an animal bleed to death in the
dirt come shoot every pregnant female in the vicinity. Sorry, but it's
disgusting and if you can't live with the wildlife in the area (yes, that
means you have to be vigilant in your yard and have to actually God forbid,
watch your children and pets when outdoors) then please, by all means,
27 Jul 2011, 15:54
Mrs. R\r\n\r\nI agree with you entirely. BRAVO!!!!
27 Jul 2011, 10:30
Mhill - don't know where you are from but get off your high horse. i have
lived here 37 years and there are more sightings than ever before. Maybe
we need a hunt or some form of sterilization treatment, I don't know, but
to see these large animals up close in my yard - it is frightening. Our
pets aren't safe and neither are we if we happen to be gardening and then
scare them - who knows. I didn't buy a McMansion, new house, new
development etc. I am curious where you live and how you would feel given
what you have read. They are being found in more populated areas like
Edison and North Brunswick also - should we all move out of the State? And
yes, if I wanted a co-op in the city I would have already been living
there. I love living in the country but that doesn't mean I like being
afraid of stepping out my door. I don't want to see harm come to them
either but something needs to be done. I wonder how many planning boards
you are on?
27 Jul 2011, 04:18
Intellectualizing about humans in the bear's home is understandable.
Reality is another matter. Let's see the postings when someone's child gets
26 Jul 2011, 08:32
It blows my mind when people buy a house in the woods, or in an area that
has wildlife and then cry that said wildlife is in their backyard. You
live in their habitat - what did you think would happen? If you want paved
over living quarters devoid of animal life go move to the city. What do
you think is going to happen when 100 acres of animal territory is suddenly
reduced to 20 acres because of disgusting, mcmansion houses and ugly cookie
cutter developments being thrown up everywhere? Guess what? The animals
that are having their homes removed due to humans putting up an ugly 4
bedroom colonial in the middle of the woods need to go somewhere. So yeah,
Long Valley is clearly wilderness - just because you haven't seen it
doesn't mean you are there. If you'd like to stop encounters than maybe
sit in on some zoning or building meetings and demand that NJ stop handing
over natural land to builders. Or stop moaning and buy a coop in the
26 Jul 2011, 07:24
I have lived in Long Valley/Hackettstown for over 30 years. Certainly,I
have been aware of an occasional bear visit or sighting in the area.
However, during the week-end of July 22, 2011, we saw a total of three
bears, at different times, within 10 feet of our front door. I no longer
work outdoors, swim or relax in the yard without a horn in my pocket. I am
looking forward to a bear hunt.
21 Jul 2011, 14:01
Reading these comments about the black bears. If any landowner would give
me permission to hunt if there is an upcoming season this year please send
me an email
16 Jul 2011, 10:22
I saw a black bear in my yard in lebanon township. My dog was barking at
something behind the tree, the bear come out and I screamed for the dog.
Luckily me, my grandson and the dog got in the house.
13 Jul 2011, 09:31
Have lived in Long Valley 34 years and except for a sighting down in the
valley a couple of years ago, have never seen one. I knew they were
around, saw trash dragged all around, heard from neighbors but never saw
one on my property. Last year after coming in from watering plants, one
rather large one meandered through my yard. Today, one came through the
yard, about 3' from my large kitchen window and then looked around and
left. He or she was beautiful. This one had a tracking device around it's
neck and two tags in the ears. After watching it leave, low and behold
another one follows the same path, smelling the track of the other one and
follows off towards the first one. This one larger, no tracking device. I
am just assuming this one was a he and he was looking for the she that just
past through. So glad I wasn't sitting in the yard because it walked
through the place that we have two chairs and plant hook and I usually sit
and read there. Don't know what I would have done.\r\n
12 Jul 2011, 12:00
We have lived on Flocktown Rd in Long Valley for 30 yrs and have never seen
bears like we have this year.\r\nSeveral times in the spring crossing the
street to the Palmers Estate and now at dusk behind our house several
times. The last bear had a tracking device around his neck. I went out on
the deck and he just\r\ntrotted right past me on his way. They are amazing
looking animals, but I dont let my dog out now without having a leash on
him in the evenings when they seem to come out of the woods in the back.
11 Jul 2011, 14:34
Live in Rockaway (Hibernia). I have seen more bears this year then over the
past 5 years combined. Few weeks ago we had a birthday party for my
daughter. Around 8 kids playing outside. A small bear came out of the woods
and started walking up my front lawn towards the children. We yelled at it
and scared it away.Pretty sure it just ducked into the brush and hung out
for a while. Around 20 minutes later it came back and started walking up
the lawn. This time one of the kids, excited to see the bear ran towards
it. Luckly it reacted by running away. Feel like I am playing russian
roulette with these things. Sometimes they run away others times they do
not. Only a matter of time before some kid gets killed.
11 Jul 2011, 04:32
I have lived with the black bears for many years and seldom have problems.
However this morning a large male bear tried to climb the garden deer
fence. He was not afraid of me and I could only get him to move a little
ways into the woods. I called him in.
05 Jul 2011, 17:53
saw my first bear next to our deck on south road in randolph. It walked
across the lawn to our neighbor's yard and then went downhill towards
dawson brook and the woods.
10 Jun 2011, 19:32
Lived in Long Valley - up on the mountain - for over 30 years. Saw 1 bear
about 17 years ago, then not again until last year when 2 walked thru our
yard. 1 thru the back & about 15 minutes later, another thru the front. I
was glad we didn't think about bears when we had our dogs 'cause I wouldn't
want to have to take them out at night knowing bears were around. Now
living in Budd Lake in a rental home. We have no place to put our garbage
except outside & the bear(s) have gotten into it. Not sure what to do.
Will try bungee cords, but not sure that will work. Saw 1 bear yesterday
when it walked almost right under a front window, around the side looking
for garbage, then thru the backyard & into the woods & up the hill. YIKES!
John T Mc Gowan
05 Jun 2011, 10:06
I had my first encounter with a black bear that DID NOT run off. I've seen
many at Norvin Green State Park, but today I heard what had to be a 500
lb bear (HUGE) rustling behind a rock outcropping. It sensed my approach
and came out the far side, about 25 feet away and about 6 feet higher on an
incline. Raised my arms, called out multiple times, but it did not move.
Backed off and pulled my bear spray just in case, and it just stayed there
watching, holding it's ground. Could it have been protecting a fresh kill?
09 May 2011, 12:21
I'm a writer with Scholastic, the books & magazines used in schools as
teaching aids. Iím working on an article for middle school students about
black bears, particularly the bears of New Jersey. We are talking to people
about their encounters with bears. If you have had an encounter with a
black bear & would like to share your story, please contact me before
03 Apr 2011, 05:29
I live in Landing, NJ in the Highlands. I have a neighbor who feeds the
birds and the deer with corn. We have been regularly visited by a black
bear that seems incredibly large. This beer is frequenting our property
more and more and on one occasion I stumbled into it not knowing that it
was in my back yard. I have asked her to discontinue the practice because
we have children and so do other neighbors. One of my neighbors told me
she saw the bear at her back window. One day the bear pulled down the bird
feeder and just hung out for an extended period of time. Aside from the
numerous deer that have taken up residence in my yard there is plenty scat
from both the dear and the bear. I have pictures of this bear standing on
it's hind legs and boy is it tall and ominous. I don't know what to do
because I have asked her to stop the feeding but she is obsessed with it.
01 Dec 2010, 08:29
I live in Hunterdon County NJ and we have had bears in our area. I am not
scared in the least. I am careful not to surprise a bear, but considering
they are more scared of you than you are of them in the majority of
instances, I fear my fellow human more. \r\n\r\nI am curious as to how a
bear hunt would work. Seems although they don't truly hibernate they find a
den to rest in late November and into December. Are they tracking these
bears and going into the den and killing them? Also according to this
article they give birth in January after a two month embryonic period, so
basically I take it they will be killing pregnant females. I guess they
just let the babies die inside of her as she lays dying?
02 Nov 2010, 16:17
My husband and daughter were walking our dog last night at about 7:30pm in
Riverdale, NJ when they walked right up to a 500 lb black bear. They were
about 10 feet away and my husband started walking away slowly, but my
daughter panicked and ran home. My husband kept his eye on it until it
started walking and then he ran as well. Its hard to remain calm and do
what they tell you too when you walk right up to one. Luckily, the bear
didn't follow and aside from some nerves, everyone is OK - although no one
wants to walk the dog tonight.
01 Nov 2010, 17:29
I live in Flanders up on the mountian for 26 yrs and have never seen a bear
until tonight about 4:40 pm.I had just come in from the garage and I saw
this black bear in my back yard standing on his hind legs looking in the
birdfeeder. He was large standing approximately 6 foot on his hind legs.
Then he slowely walked towards the deck and I freaked and quickly closed
the garage door. Good thing as he went around the driveway and on to the
front walk as I was calling the police. He then went to a neighbor's house.
I got into the car & drove around the block and there he was going to the
next house & across the steet onto another front lawn. There were several
neighbors walking dogs and the bear crossed the street and went to another
house and snooped around on their front walk. By then there were several
cars watching this and I found out that the bear had been in the
neighborhood for about a week. Very scary since Halloween was last night!
26 Oct 2010, 11:09
we live in vernon, nj and each day the bear comes out to teh dumpster to
eat, i have been face to face with it numerous times seeing my spot to park
is right next to the dumpster, she is a tagged bear not sure what that
means, i worry about the school aged kids walking to catch the bus and
running into one of these things, we lived in lake hopatcong last year and
had 3 bears visiting us weekly. scary especially when you have kids and
they cant even go out to play!
30 Sep 2010, 11:30
I've lived in Long Valley for 10 years and have never seen a bear. I've
seen evidence of bear (suet that goes missing in the night)and heard
stories of bear in this area, but have never actually seen one. A couple
days ago there was a bear crossing through the yard, the only way I even
knew about is was I heard someone yelling. A neighbor was yelling at the
bear to scare it away & it worked by the time I got outside to see what was
going on the bear gone.
01 Sep 2010, 23:09
We live in basking ridge nj and I just saw a black bear at around 7:45 pm
cross our backyard and move along. The bear was about 250 pounds. We were
scared. Heard of bears around these parts but never thought we would see
one around here. We are a little over a mile from the great swamp in a
fairly populated area. So it must have wondered over. My husband was on a
hammock in the backyard while I was in the front yard talking to a
neighbour while my six yr old son was riding his bike. Got my son in the
house faster then I ever had before. Scary
29 Aug 2010, 18:51
Spotted a large one crossing Morris Tpke in Randolph this morning. It was
lumbering across the street and ran to the woods when we got closer. Was
majestic, but obviously we need to an eye out for our children.
09 Aug 2010, 18:37
Well, I have lived in Long Valley for 8 years in a neighborhood but have
about 6 acres backing up to conservation land. Never saw a bear in 8
years. Then three weeks ago a huge one about 500 lbs goes trotting across
the front yard at 7 am and two weeks later walks right by the sliding glass
doors from the gameroom where my son was watching TV, totally unfazed and
passing by.\r\n\r\nThis is scary stuff especially with children and animals
around. Sure they are majestic and all that, but I would prefer we somehow
keep the population down. Now I have to worry every time I let the dogs
out or the kids are in the yard. Who is going to guarantee me that they
won't hurt humans or animals that are just going about their business.
25 Jul 2010, 10:15
you all are so lucky to have bears in your yards. i would love to see bears
on my property--unfortunately i live in asbury park--the only thing that
sneaks into my yard are crackheads looking for anything they can steal from
you. i envy all of you who have rural properties and bears to live around.
if anyone wants to trade houses let me know--you dont know how good you
have it up there. i'd take bears over thieves, drug addicts and murderers
sneaking in your yard. keep a paintball gun near your door--a few harmless
paint pelts will keep your bears from coming back and won't kill them.
\r\nembrace the gift of nature that you are all so lucky to live near
instead of fearing it. also some ammonia soaked rags in and around your
garbage cans will make bears search elsewhere. and as always if anyone can
tell me where i can see and photograph a bear please email me
anytime--glenn in asbury park
24 Jul 2010, 14:02
Our bear is back, this time with four cubs. Neighbors didn't heed the
warning so it took down the bird feeders on their deck and searched their
open garage. Cops came, blew their sirens but were ignored. They've been
spotted several times in the neighborhood, so apparently they live close by
and aren't leaving any time soon. :(\r\n
10 Jul 2010, 19:26
Ms. Smith,\r\n\r\nI agree with you and also support a controlled hunt. The
mother bear that rammed my dog kennell was a scary situation and a true
display of the black bear's power and protective instinct. But I think it
was an unusual situation in that she had six cubs on our property (trying
to get to a nearby wetland) and our Great Pyr barked and treed the cubs
which set mamma bear off. I think in most cases the bears will avoid dogs
and can smell them ahead of time, etc. I don't blame you for keeping the
dogs in more than out. The bears are here to stay without a controlled
hunting season. Take care.
10 Jul 2010, 19:15
Mr. Steinert:I'd really like to believe what you're saying, yet one rammed
your dog kennel. I find too many conflicting opinions about bear vs. dog
vs. bear behaviour on various websites and am reaching the conclusion that
there's no one specific answer or solution to combatting the problem. Seems
the bears are here to stay and it's up to us to keep ourselves and our
animals safe, in whatever way is most effective. Unless NJ wakes up and
authorizes a hunt to control - not wipe out - the growing bear population,
I'll keep my dogs in the house. And when they're gone, if I still live
here, I won't adopt any more.
10 Jul 2010, 18:05
lksmith: Your dogs are fine wandering your property. The black bears won't
attack them and to the contrary will do everything to avoid them. The dogs
will chase a bear away that does wander onto your land which will likely
lead to the bear climbing a tree if not out running the dogs (yes the black
bear is faster) and the dog will bark at it if treed. A fight is highly
10 Jul 2010, 15:45
Ridge Rd/Mountain Rd, Tewksbury, NJ: Tuesday, July 6, around 8:30am, a very
large black bear wandered up to the deer fence on our patio. My husband and
our 3 large dogs were out at the time and needless to say, the dogs went
crazy. Had they been out by themselves most likely they would have gone
through the fence to get at the bear. He/she sniffed through the fence for
a few seconds then turned and wandered off. Short of walking them on a
leash in my own yard, does anyone have any info on the best way to protect
the dogs? Will dogs and bears attack or fight each other? We've removed all
bird feeders and secured the garbage cans in the garage, but it's hard to
see the point of living in the woods when an acre of fenced-in yard( plus
pool and patio )offers no protection. In 6 yrs. here this is the 1st bear
we've seen - and the last, I hope. I can no longer let the dogs out in
their own yard by themselves!
04 Jul 2010, 18:52
300 lb bear in Bedminster near Old Dutch Road - in the past 50 yrs here
we've never had bears (or we just didnt see them) - came too close to the
house though and the noise of us being outside didnt seem to bother the
bear at all
01 Jul 2010, 16:21
i saw a blackbear. i was in the bathroom with no windows and i looked in
the mirror! aaaaahhhh!!!watch my pets! haha\r\n
01 Jul 2010, 16:17
i am going to eat you\r\nthanks for this website !! :)\r\n
30 Jun 2010, 19:13
I saw a huge black bear in oakland eating my neighbors garbage. This is
the second sighting in 2 weeks. i called oakland police and they said to
leave it alone. watch your pets !
29 Jun 2010, 19:20
I sighted a black bear this evening around 8:45 PM. It was walking down the
road in front of our farm (Gladstone, NJ). I would have missed it had my
horses not warned of something unusual in their area. I know that another
black bear was sighted in front of the Pottersville Deli, which in about a
mile away, last weekend. I have lived in Bedminster Twp. for 34 years and
this is the first bear I have seen. It is mating season so I guess that
they are on the move to find the females in the area. Will keep my eyes
open for them now that I know that they are near my home. Any other
sightings in this area?
11 Jun 2010, 10:48
I have lived in rural Blairstown for over 25 years. My family have all
learned to live peacefully with the Bears. It's not hard folks! We are in
their home after all. We are the invaders. First go on-line and buy a
Bear-proof garbage can or two. That is a must do! Put your bird feeders out
ONLY in the winter months when birds really need the extra food to winter
over. Plus that's when most Bears are hibernating in their dens. Use God
given common sense people and don't get between mama Bear and her babies.
You would defend your childen against strangers right? So will mama Bear!
They are very timid so MAKE A LOT OF NOISE and they will run away every
time. Buy one of those small hand-held air horns at your local sporting
goods stores. Black Bears hate those air horns as it hurts their ears.
(They are also small enough to carry in your pocket when hiking or cycling)
Hunting bears is just plain dumb dumb dumb - become educated and learn to
live with nature like my family has done for over 25 years without one
"Bear problem". We see Black and Brown Bears at least 3 or 4 times a week
and they are just beautiful creatures that were living here first. Just be
smart and give them the room and respect they need. They in turn will NOT
bother you one bit. Get educated and hunt bears with camera not guns! It's
all about being educated and learning to live among nature...
01 Jun 2010, 16:33
There is very little similarity in behavior towards humans between the
black bears being discussed in this forum and western grizzly bears. Let's
be clear. A grizzly bear is extremely unpredictable and dangerous. You
would likely survive an unlikely black bear attack. If you spook a grizzly
bear out west your chances of surviving are slim and serious injury is
guaranteed. I don't care who's hiked where and how often. The grizzly bear
is also known to kill black bears.
01 Jun 2010, 11:25
It is amusing to read some of these comments that spew arrogance in their
opinion. I am not an expert by any means but I am a long time hiker and
tracker. Whether it is here in New Jersey, NY, PA, out west, or even
Canada, (yes I have hiked and tracked all of those), bears...black and
brown are for the most part shy and timid. Even a grizzly will retreat
upon seeing a human. But...and there is a very big BUT, any bear, black or
brown, will become aggressive to protect their cubs or food source. If the
bear perceives you are a threat...you have a problem. Also NJ has some
very nice state forests but I wouldn't consider them wilderness. If you
really want wilderness head west or up to Canada. Lastly, I am sad to say
in favor of a bear hunt. From what I am reading here incidents of bears
coming into yards and towns means they are becoming used to people. That
changes the equation and makes them dangerous animals. That sounds to me
like the bear population needs to be adjusted. For those looking for bear
encounters...lol...try Norvin Green State Forest. I just finished a nice
hike through there and saw several. But if you are not sure of what you
are doing....you may want to read up.
24 May 2010, 11:36
2 weeks ago while hiking up the Douglas Garvey Trail towards Sunfish pond,
myself and my two dogs came across a fairly large mama bear and 3 very tiny
cubs. The cubs were so small, about the size of a very young puppy.
Luckily I saw her about 200yards out before the dogs did. I started
yelling a bit and then started banging some rocks together to get her to
depart the trail and run off. Mama was having none of it though, she had
the cubs climb up a tree and then she sat right in front of it and looked
at me. I kept yelling at her and once the dogs saw her they wanted to go
after her. She let out a few warning moans and then after about half an
hour began to mosey off into the forrest with her babies. Had I not grown
up hiking all around North Jersey, I would have been terrified. However,
if your hiking in the North New Jersey woods and you don't see bears,
you're probably not looking hard enough or your being way too loud. Also,
if your in bear country, try to keep the dogs on a leash as mine would have
gone after her with vicious intent, had I let them(but I guess my Cane
Corso is just acting instinctevly). \r\n\r\nLastly, to anyone who does
not believe there are 400-600lb Blacks bears in NJ, I beg you to hike the
Newark Watershed at dawn. I've come across several that were bigger than
every Black bear I've ever seen in a zoo or on TV and bigger than some
brown bears. I've seen some large males that would be considerably taller
than me if they stood up and I'm 6'2.
17 May 2010, 07:28
Took my usual walk in Oakland this morning. Saw a large, tagged black bear
up in the woods near the Ringwood border. He crossed the street right in
front of me(20 feet)and gave a disinterested glance. He walked along side
me for about ten yards...just gorgeous(I am guessing it was a male as it
was large and had no cubs). Very cool
11 May 2010, 11:58
Glenn, you need to get up really early and hike when no one else is around.
Try the Rattlesnake Swamp trail by the Delaware Water Gap. Another good
place is Allamuchy Mountain. If you hike around 8 AM, you are almost
guaranteed a sighting. If you hike at 6, you are certainly guaranteed to
see one. Don't talk/make too much noise while you hike.
07 May 2010, 20:38
i saw a BIG BLACK BEAR on my way to work on Washington Ave., by the
Washington Township/Hillsdale border in Bergen County NJ, right near the
South entrance of the Garden State Parkway on May 5th, 2010 @ 8:30 AM. I
could not believe my eyes. I called the police who in turn notified
wildlife. On May 6th, we recd an emergency alert phone call from the
township of River Vale, notifying us to beware of the bear. And I just
read on line that there was a bear siting in Closter, Bergen County NJ
today. So it is true that there are def. bears in norther bergen county!
24 Apr 2010, 08:16
500 lb bear in jersey in april this is not alaska
23 Apr 2010, 19:45
I live in Long Valley, NJ and we had many bears last summer on our
property. I saw a bear the other night on my road. It must have been a
male because it probably weighed 450 to 500lbs. Not a fan of bears since
we have pets & children.
18 Apr 2010, 06:38
well still havent seen a bear in nj. been all over north jersey to all the
"hot spots" for bears. nothing. not even a track. heard about one in a
dumpster near milford, thats it. now it looks like a bear hunt will happen
in late 2010 since some a-hole from pennsylvania dep--why pa i don't
know--said lethal control should be used--they should use it on his ideas.
sickening that anyone would want to shoot a black bear. they are beautiful.
you can hunt them with paintball guns and they will get the message--you
don't need to kill them.
03 Apr 2010, 18:09
so i spent the day in waywayanda state park hiking the trails, talking to
park rangers and people along the way. but no bears to be seen. darn it! oh
well i am going back because everybody i met had trouble believing that we
didn't see any bears--apparently all the bears are the peoples yards that i
met and not the park--go figure--anyway really nice people up in milford
and waywayanda park area--had a blast and can't wait to go back this week.
if anyone knows a spot , dumpster wherever where bears seem to be all the
time let me know so i can drive up from asbury park and check them out.
thanks everyone for the tips. trying to get some bear pictures--its harder
than i thought but twice as fun trying.
23 Mar 2010, 07:05
i am still looking for somewhere to photograph bears in the wild in nj. if
anyone knows where i might have a good chance of seeing any please let me
know--also a mountain lion was spotted in the freehold/manalapan area this
past week. 5 sightings from 5 different locations around the area, so its a
pretty good chance its a single cat moving through. wish i saw it myself.
thanks for any info on bears--email me --Glenn
23 Mar 2010, 06:56
the letters are over laping i cant read that\r\n\r\n
07 Mar 2010, 06:14
george kimmerle: Black Bears that live in N.J. are not necessarily black,
but may be brown or even cinnamon-colored.
07 Mar 2010, 05:16
saturday march 6, saw a small brown bear in the rear of our property west
of roxiticus road, along the north branch of the raritan river\r\n\r\nwas
walking along the stream and our ducks were very vocal and on guard as it
walked away\r\n\r\ncan anyone confirm that there are brown bears in the
area west of roxiticus and south of rt 24, behind the ralston fire house
and in the area of burnett and ironia brooks\r\n\r\ngeorge k
03 Jan 2010, 14:12
Not sure where some of the people posting here are getting the idea that
there are no wilderness areas in NJ. I live on the edge of a state forest,
which is a great big wilderness area. The Skylands region is FULL of
22 Nov 2009, 22:04
Branchville, NJ. A Sow with six (6) cubs visited our yard several times
over the summer. One time, our dogs (from their kennel) barked and treed
the cubs. The mother became agitated immediately & rammed the kennel,
breaking the gate hinges. My two boys were playing in the yard next door at
the time. If I had a gun and a permit I would have been tempted to shoot
the bear. I reported it to the NJ Div Of Fish & Wildlife. They did nothing
about it. The year before, a mother with five cubs was the talk of the
town. The bears are proliferating at an alarming rate. It may be time for
legalizing the bear hunt. Perhaps every other year, to keep the population
at a safe level.
19 Nov 2009, 11:06
still looking for bears to photograph. i have been to several northwest
parts of nj but haven't seen any. anybody have any specific spots that
might be our best bet for pictures of wild bears in nj please let me
06 Nov 2009, 12:21
Dont mind my pessimism, But the bear population in Haskell/Wanaque area is
growing to concerning levels. I haven't seen a live bear pretty much all my
life, Now in Haskell this year alone I've had 5 sightings since June 09'
and it's only November. Twice it was in my yard, Whats the real truth
behind shooting a bear? I have 3 kids that play outside on any given day
with a fenced in yard. Now I should just talk to the bear and open my gate
so it can leave and bother someone else? I think not!
07 Oct 2009, 09:25
I live in west milford ,we have alot of sightings, we had a huge male in
our yard last nite and has been coming back, very scary when it is in your
yard, sev. places to hike , but use caution, is Wawayanda state forest
and, we often hike with our dogs, also, Norvin green state forest, go to
16 Sep 2009, 16:02
has any one seen a puma in nj\r\n
25 Aug 2009, 03:05
Glenn, if you want to see a bear your chances are pretty good in the
Ogdensburg, NJ area like Lori said. My wife was in O'burg and saw a bear
walking through the grammar school yard ans school bus stop then it walked
up the hill behind the town hall, sauntered across High Street and then up
Madden Ave where it stopped in a backyard and sniffed around the kids toys
before heading up toward Heater's Pond at the top of the ridge line. No
guarantees though. Wildlife photography is not a one day event. Seeing
bears in the "wild" in NJ is a tough one though. There are no wild areas
in NJ. If you want to be guaranteed to see a bear, then Turtle Back zoo is
your best bet and their enclosure makes it look like you took the picture
while standing next to them in the woods. I can show you where you can take
pictures of turtles in Matawan.
05 Aug 2009, 10:59
CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHERE I CAN SEE WILD BEARS IN NJ TO PHOTOGRAPH AND
OBSERVE--I LIVE IN ASBURY PARK AND AM PLANNING A DAY TO GO BEAR
WATCHING--IF WE CAN POSSIBLY FIND ANY--IF ANYONE KNOWS A PLACE WHERE THEY
THINK OUR CHANCES OF SEEING BEARS IN THE WILD ARE GOOD PLEASE LET ME KNOW
SO WE CAN MAKE THE MOST OF OUR DAY-THANK YOU
16 Jul 2009, 13:35
I was inside my house in Denville two days ago and saw a black bear in my
garbage can. He/she wandered into the woods when he was done so I went
outside to clean up the mess. As I was lifting the can upright, another
bear appeared from the side of the house about 10 feet away. I dropped
everything, ran inside and the second bear went to town on the garbage! It
was pretty scary!
16 Jul 2009, 08:56
A HUGE Brown bear came through my font field this morning. Not black, but
brown. Big with a rust-colored face. I live on the border of Randolph and
Mendham on 6 acres and my house backs up to a residential neighborhood. I
called 911 and then drove to the neighborhood behind us to let people that
were outside know. It was a BIG bear. Our neighbors dog (who lives on 6
fence-in acres) has been going crazy for the last two days and nights,
acting very strange. This morning she was going crazy barking at the bear
and it ran right to the fence and then along the fence to the woods. That
dog was relentless. Very scary.
13 Jul 2009, 10:05
grassfox you are correct there is less and less wilderness in this state do
to the constant building going on and the MCMANSIONS going up. We do need a
bear hunt, the state needs to limit the amount of licenses for bow and gun
hunters by lottery,and only shoot the males, not Momma bear and her cubs.
The bears habitat is srinking ever year. I love nature and I beleive in
conserving for our children and theirs. But a hunt is needed. And they have
some fact's wrong. Black bears will kill you,your children and your pets
and don't ever come between a mother and her cubs You will have no chance
against her, like every mom with there babies. You have a better chance
playing dead for a Grizzly or Brown bear. If you ever get attacted by a
black bear fight for your life. Punch it in the nose and eyes. And if you
like hiking bring bear spray with you ( pepper spray ) you can get it any
hunting store. Protect your self and family and nature. One last thing
grassfox if a bear comes after your grandchildren or you shoot it if you
can. I have friends in PA that tell me bears have gone right thorgh glass
sliding doors and have trap and attacted people in there houses. If they
are hungry and they want in they are coming in. In most cases it's male
13 Jul 2009, 07:46
I have lived in Long Valley, NJ since Sept 2005 and up till last weekend I
had never seen a bear. Well, On Sunday 7/5/09 while out riding through
Millbrook, a HUGE black bear walked right out in front of my husband and
daughter who were riding on our motorcycle. He was probably about 800lbs!
Walked right over a guardrail like it wasnt even there. Then on Saturday
7/11/09 while in Ogdensburg visiting the Sterling Mine a smaller black bear
walked right down the stree in front of us at a stop sign then to t op it
all off Sunday 7/12/09 while bar-b qing in my yard another small bear came
romping through my front yard!!!!\r\nI am still amazed at how many I have
seen in just a week. They are majestic but scary as hell!!!!
13 Jun 2009, 09:16
I saw my first black bear the day before yesterday, at about noon, while
driving down Ringwood Ave in Wanaque. The bear walked right out from some
trees and ran across the street and into a clearing behind a house. It was
20 Apr 2009, 17:50
I hike Allamuchy Mountain state park regularly averaging 3 hikes a week all
year around and I have seen numerous bears in the North section of the
park. Some New Jersey bears are Huge, and I mean Huge! Much larger than
images of black bears on nature shows. They are also (Thank God) very
timid. One other interesting fact in that they are active all year around.
Food sources from dumpsters and Restraunts no doubt contribute to their
size. My first siting this year was in January along the Green trail in
back of Cranbury lake. This Bear was definitely not in a daze or stumbling
around, as I followed his tracks for well over 1 mile until they crossed a
south facing slope where the snow had melted. More research needs to be
done on these Jersey Giants because they are definitely adapting
differently to our area. Oh, Somthing else lives along the Rt. 80 corridor
through Allamuchy Mountain, I have seen Mountain Lion tracks numeerous
times this winter and last fall I sighted one near the summit of Mt.
Allamuchy just off of the Purple trail. LINK to BEar Tracks in
19 Apr 2009, 16:49
How are bears assets? They are assets only if they can be used as a food
source which is why we need a hunting season for bears. Also, it bears (no
pun intended) mentioning that THERE ARE NO WILDERNESS AREAS IN NEW JERSEY!
18 Apr 2009, 01:16
I know that in New Jersey a person can be fined for intentionally and even
unintentionally feeding a black bear. So, if a bear kills and eats one of
my grandchildren would I be fined for unintentionally feeding a bear?
10 Apr 2009, 19:50
how much water do black bears drink each day?
10 Jan 2008, 12:55
You need to update the info on this page.