Wandering Bear Makes North Jersey Residents Anxious

TENAFLY, NJ (WCBS 880) – Tenafly is a tony suburb across from the Bronx and a stone’s throw away from the George Washington Bridge.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports

Folks there aren’t used to seeing bears in their backyards.

At around 8 p.m. Monday night, a medium-sized black bear wandered into a playground at the Jewish Community Center.

“It was basically rooting around for food and we did notify the JCC not to let anybody out until the bear had wandered off,” Tenafly Police Lt. Paul Cantwell told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams. “We did have several patrol cars up there in the area, keeping eye contact with it and making sure it was going to go back into our woods, which is our Nature Center / Green Acres area.”

No one was hurt. Wildlife officials have been notified.

In the meantime, folks have been told they need to be bear aware.

  • justme

    To Erin: the writer misspelled “tony”. The writer meant “toney”, which means: ‘Toney’, i.e. having ‘tone’ means “Marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style.” Hence, a ‘toney suburb’ would be a neighbourhood on the outside of a major city marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style

    To Michelle: I think he was looking for a bagel with cream cheese!

  • pny

    Erin: tony is a word that means “marked by an aristocratic or high-toned manner or style, as in “tony private schools.”

  • jtorres

    Rooting around for food. When people keep destroying their habitat, what choice do they have? Although i feel very sorry for those people that were mauled at that campground some time ago, what does it tell you that they found her 3 cubs emaciated and starving? How far would any mother go to save her children?

  • Erin

    a “tony suburb”? someone didn’t proofread…..lol i think they must have meant tiny. lol

  • Michelle

    Aww no harm done, he was hungry looking for some good food!

  • Joe

    Poor thing…..

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