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Black Bear and Cubs Spotted in Cedar Grove

A family of black bear were last spotted in a wooded area between Pompton and Grove Avenues, police said.

Cedar Grove Police are monitoring a family of black bears, spotted by residents Wednesday morning. The mother and three cubs are thought to be the same black bear family found foraging through West Caldwell on Sunday.

The initial call came in at 6:43 a.m. Wednesday morning from a resident on Eileen Drive, said Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet. Since then, police have received numerous calls as the bear family continue to explore the township.

“We have been tracking and monitoring them,” said Vanderstreet. “We have been in contact with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, whose advice was to leave them be as long as they are not displaying aggressive behavior.”

At this time the bear and her cubs have just been wandering and have not been aggressive. They were last spotted in a wooded area between Pompton and Grove Avenues in Cedar Grove as of 10 a.m., police said.

“Our main concern right now is making sure they do not wander into a roadway and potentially get hit by a car,” said Vanderstreet.

Bear sightings are not all that common in Cedar Grove, although a young male bear was spotted meandering through the town in July 2011, said Vanderstreet. The bear was monitored until they lost sight of him near Mills Reservation.

That same bear is thought to have made his way onto route 46 in Clifton and was ultimately destroyed, police said.

Geoff Gove September 26, 2012 at 05:32 PM
The threesome looks like the latest thing in lawn decor.
E.D. September 26, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Thank God they made it thru North Caldwell without being slaughtered! Hopefully they will make it out of the area and back to the woods in North Jersey alive. Good luck to Mom and her cubs.
Kean09 September 27, 2012 at 09:40 AM
Fish and Game need to step in!!!!!! They need to be relocated. Something bad is going to happen they are moving into an area of more highways and cars.. Something should have been done when they were in W. Caldwell. Lets go Fish and Game make a move here!
Jean Middleton September 27, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I agree, why are we waiting for disaster to strike?? They are creating havoc wherever they go and will ultimately get slaughtered in traffic thereby hurting people, or some people will get hurt some other way. Are we really just going to let them wander? they need to be sedated and taken back to the wilds!!! this must be caught up in some budgetary problem Im thinking..and pretty unprecidented so that our fearless leaders are sitting on their hands..
Liz Loehwing September 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
just keep your eyes opened and make sure that your "food" garbage goes in your cans the night the garbage goes out. Make alot of noise if you find yourself near them. I lived in NY for years and to see these bears roaming around was the norm. Scary? Yes, but just be aware of your surroundings, don't chase them, and don't try to get a closer look especially to the cubs, although cute, mom is close by and she will anger easily!
Kean09 September 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM
There is nothing for them where they are headed... They are lost..
Angela Hogan September 28, 2012 at 09:57 AM
September 28, 2012 where are the threesome now? Are they still being monitored by the township of Cedar Grove? They should be gently returned to a less populated area for the safety of all!
Marianne Colucci September 28, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I wish that all their habitat was not constantly being taken away. As more and more land is being built on with homes, townhomes, etc where are these poor creatures expected to go? Its just very very sad.
Eric Goodman (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 05:28 PM
The last I heard, Momma Bear and her cubs were spotted in Little Falls on Thursday Sept. 27. -Eric Goodman
Eric Goodman (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Thanks for the tips, Liz! Here are some more tips on bear encounters: http://patch.com/A-yglw
B. Craig September 30, 2012 at 01:16 PM
This just in: Mother and cubs found waiting on line at Wayne DMV! It seems that Momma Bear thought it would be a perfect place to hibernate due to the lethargic pace.

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