Black Bear Sighted on Dwight Street, Police Say

Bear has been seen a few times in the area recently.

A black bear was seen on a Dwight Street resident's property Saturday at about 9 p.m., police said.

Authorities said that they have received a few reports of a bear in the area in the past few days.

The bear reportedly has not been bothering anybody or been aggressive towards people, police said.

It is not too uncommon to see bears in Wayne.

Last year. a bear climbed up a tree in the front yard of a Black Oak Ridge Road property. The bear stayed there for a few hours before it came down and ran towards Route 23. A Wayne Police ranger attempted to lure that bear out of the tree using doughnuts. 

Residents who see a bear in their yard or near homes should contact the Wayne Police Department at 973-694-0600.

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Joe videodummy October 21, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Ranger Barry and Ranger Bob.
Barbara Metzler October 21, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I don't know why the Wayne Police ranger attempted to lure the bear out of the tree with doughnuts. Bears go up trees and wait for the neighborhood to calm down at night so the bear can climb down and head for solitude. Mother Black Bears even send their cubs up a tree and wait until humans leave and then she calls them down. And, as Daniel Hubbard wrote, Black Bears are not aggressive toward people. Even the New Jersey Fish & WIldlife site says... Sows will vocalize to cubs when sensing danger and both adults and cubs will run away and climb trees to escape disturbances. Black Bears are "aggressive" only in the minds of people who know nothing about bears. Please understand that Black Bears are NOT Grizzly Bears. To avoid attracting a bear to homes, it is important to properly secure garbage and pet food. Especially this time of year, bears are attempting to fatten up for hibernation. If people yell, stomp on the ground, wave their arms and back away slowly, the bear will make a fast retreat. Air horns, supersoaker water guns, rocks and pepper spray are also very effective tools for chasing away bears. So are pop-open umbrellas. Taking action to reinstill the bears’ natural fear of humans is called “aversive conditioning.” People are 380 times more likely to be killed by lightning and 97,000 times more likely to be murdered by another human being than to be hurt by a black bear.
Charlies Angel October 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Thank you so much Barbara! It seems that we have invaded their privacy. Let's keep building. I'm so tired of seeing dead animals on the side of every road in the town. PS Please let the Rangers know that they don't like donuts! They would much rather have peanut butter and jelly =o) Smuckers Uncrustables are the favorite!
Marie Willard October 22, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Why not give him a doughnut. The Wayne cops can get more from D&D anytime they want.
concerned wayne resident November 12, 2012 at 07:11 AM
quick comment about 2 weeks a call was made to the wayne pd to report a bear in a tree about 50 feet from where 12 children were waiting for a school bus now mind you they were "trailor park kids" it took them 30 minutes to arrive 30 minutes is unacceptable if it was one of their childrens bus stops i bet the wayne pd would have been there in a flash i am just saying,,,,,,,


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