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Bear Spotted in Paramus

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file photo courtesy of Boyd Loving

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Paramus NJ, on Sunday May 23, the Paramus Police reported that residents in the area of Koman Dr and Alden Road spotted a non-aggressive black bear in the area.

According to NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife Black bears are the largest land mammal in New Jersey. They are an integral part of the state’s natural heritage and a vital component of healthy ecosystems.

Since the 1980s the Garden State’s black bear population has been increasing and expanding its range both southward and eastward from the forested areas of northwestern New Jersey. Within the most densely populated state in the nation, black bears are thriving and there are now confirmed bear sightings in all 21 of New Jersey’s counties.

Division of Fish and Wildlife personnel use an integrated approach to managing New Jersey’s black bear population, fostering coexistence between people and bears.

The most common bear problem New Jersey’s residents experience is black bears getting into their garbage. Bears are attracted to neighborhoods by garbage odors, so properly securing your garbage is one of the best ways to prevent bears from becoming a nuisance in your community.

Residents are encouraged to work within their community to make sure all garbage is secured and kept away from bears.

For tips on proper garbage management and coexisting with bears , New Jersey residents, especially those in areas frequented by black bears, should take steps to avoid attracting bears with food or garbage. This is the best way to prevent black bears from becoming a nuisance near your home.

Some residents may observe black bears using yards as part of their natural travel corridors. The mere presence of a black bear is not considered a problem. Generally, bears tend to be wary of people. It is important not to leave out any food or garbage that may encourage bears to linger in residential areas. One person feeding bears can create a problem bear that may affect the entire neighborhood.

Black bears learn very quickly and bears that are fed intentionally or unintentionally by carelessly leaving out food or garbage will associate people with food. Bears will eat almost anything including human food, garbage, pet food, birdseed and small livestock. Once they find an easily accessible food source, like garbage in a housing development, they will lose their wariness of people and may return to the available food source. These bears can become a nuisance or aggressive and may have to be trapped and aversively conditioned or destroyed.

Following are more important tips to avoid attracting bears:

Garbage Management (pdf, 340kb) – Includes links to bear-resistant container manufacturers.
Pet Owners (pdf, 50kb)
Feeding Birds (pdf, 127kb)
Outdoor Grills (pdf, 22kb)
Beehives/Crops/Livestock (pdf, 42kb)
Compost Piles/Vegetable Gardens/Fruit Trees (pdf, 31kb)
Safety Tips (pdf, 22kb)
Additional Tips (pdf, 19kb)

Remember: Never feed bears! It’s illegal in New Jersey, and it’s dangerous. Anyone feeding bears could face a penalty of up to $1,000 for each offense.

One thought on “Bear Spotted in Paramus

  1. He’s just looking for a pic-a-nic basket…

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