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UPDATE: Black Bear Spotted Near Gypsy Pond in Ridgewood

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Police Department is repotting a black bear has been spotted in the area of Gypsy pond off of Rock road.
The Glen Rock Police is reporting a sighting of a bear cub in the area of Bradford; we are aware and monitoring. If seen PLEASE DO NOT APPROACH THE ANIMAL.

Black bears by nature tend to be wary of people. However, if you encounter a black bear in your neighborhood or outdoors while hiking or camping, follow these common-sense safety tips

Never feed or approach a bear!

Remain calm if you encounter a bear. Do not run from it.

Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands, or making other noises.

Make sure the bear has an escape route.

If a bear enters your home, provide it with an escape route by propping all doors open.

Avoid direct eye contact, which may be perceived by a bear as a challenge. Never run from a bear. Instead, slowly back away.

To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots and pans or using an airhorn. Make yourself look as big as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with your arms raised above your head.

The bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping jaw sounds by snapping its jaws and swat the ground. These are warning signs that you are too close. Slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run.

If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying to get a better view or detect scents in the air. It is usually not a threatening behavior.

Black bears will sometimes “bluff charge” when cornered, threatened or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, avoid direct eye contact, then slowly back away and do not run.

If the bear does not leave, move to a secure area.

Report black bear damage or nuisance behavior to the DEP’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).

Families who live in areas frequented by black bears should have a “Bear Plan” in place for children, with an escape route and planned use of whistles and air horns.


  • Black bear attacks are extremely rare. If a black bear does attack, fight back!

6 thoughts on “UPDATE: Black Bear Spotted Near Gypsy Pond in Ridgewood

  1. Another one just reportedly ran across Route 17 in Hohokus near Hollywood Avenue.

  2. In case you wondered about fighting back — If a grizzly bear attacks you, you may want to play dead. To do so, wait until the bear touches you and then fall to your stomach while protecting your head with your arms. If a black bear attacks you, your best bet is probably to fight back, aiming your blows at the bear’s face.

  3. I saw one last weekend at Greasy Lake

  4. Black bear cub this morning on Bradford Street in GRock

  5. One captured in Fair Lawn this afternoon.

  6. Black bear on Brookside near RHS this evening.

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