Black Bear, Earlier Seen Sleeping In Metuchen Tree, Heads Back To The Woods

METUCHEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A black bear seen earlier in the day taking an extended nap up a tree apparently decided he had enough media attention and made its way down on Monday night.

Around 9 p.m., the animal carefully wrapped his legs around branches and descended to the ground.  However, wildlife officials said they were unable to tranquilize the bear, which ended up walking into 300 acres of preserved land.

The bear had been hanging tight on a branch in Jim Shersick’s backyard on Maple Avenue since 7 a.m. Monday morning.

“There’s never been bears in Metuchen. This is truly amazing,” Shersick said.

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All afternoon, the bear put on a show for neighbors featuring a little yawning and some stretching.  But what really got the crowd going was when he repositioned himself on the branch.

“It’s exciting. It’s not often that we have a bear here in Metuchen,” Wendy Richards said.

“I just think he looks cute,” one young girl told CBS 2’s Emily Smith.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Chavi

    Better the bear than a human. Even ‘cute’ can kill.

    • meagan matos

      this is true but do you really think they should kill him?
      i think they should have had the tranculizier (sp?) there !

  • meagan matos

    it was so amaxing seeing a bear right there in a tree i stayed there almost thewhole day, just left at 9 the bear came down and he was nobigger then 2 ft. so cute. i hope they dont shot him me and my friends named him boo boo ! we stayed with him the whole day </3

  • elizabeth wall

    I sincerely hope the black bear is brought down safely without harm or injuries, the bear deserves humane treatment and nothing less,probably wondering where mama bear is.
    He or she has done nothing wrong so hopefully no harm will come to him or any human beings.

    • Baby bear

      Don’t count on it, sorry. They cops will kill this bear surely as the sun will shine in the morning. And they can’t wait. Then they will claim the bear was a potetial threat to harm the public. The cops that shots it will get an award, another cop will take it to be skinned and yet another cop will do something else completly bizare. Not to them of course, this is normal to them. Mark my word. The bear will die, regrettably.

      • Yogi

        Well the bear made out OK. I hope the cops shoot and skin you for bashing them, you idiot! And if that bear came down and killed someone you would be the first to say why the cops didn’t kill that dangerous bear.

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