Black Bear Captured By Wildlife Officials After Roaming Through East Brunswick

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There was another bear scare in New Jersey Wednesday, and this time, the unwelcome beast was brought down with the help of a tranquilizer dart.

Perched 20 feet up in a silver maple tree in East Brunswick was a 3-year-old male black bear, weighing 263 pounds, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“Yeah’ he’s pretty big,” homeowner Paul Gottlieb said.

The bear attracted a lot of attention on Tomkins Road, where police spotted him – and scared him up a tree.

“I heard a lot of noise in the backyard and saw the bear running up a tree,” neighbor Paul Sulkes said.

The bear, and the tree, were on Gottlieb’s property.

“I feel flattered, but next time I hope he chooses someplace else,” he said.

east brunswick bear scare Black Bear Captured By Wildlife Officials After Roaming Through East Brunswick

A black bear roaming the streets in East Brunswick was tranquilized and caught in a net after it climbed up a tree. (Credit: CBS 2)

Animal control officers said they fear there might be a next time, because there have been so many similar incidents recently.

Neighbors said the bear had been cruising the area for several days.

In fact, with the ear tags, Fish and Wildlife officials said the bear was captured in Monroe less than a month ago, and had been wearing a GPS collar that came off last week.

“He basically has been ping-ponging back and forth between the major highways,” Kelsey Burgess, of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, said.

This time, a net was suspended below the bear and he was tranquilized. It took about seven minutes before the bear fell into the net.

The last time he was captured, the bear was taken to a wildlife area in Upper Freehold. This time, he’ll go farther away.

“We’re going to try to find a different location for him, so he won’t come back,” Burgess said.

Officials decided that this time, the bear will go to a wildlife management area in New Egypt, which is in Ocean County.

Both wildlife officials and East Brunswick residents said they hoped it would be a good spot. Fish and Wildlife officers have picked up the bear six times in the last year.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Bearhead3

    If they relocated him to Ocean County there might not be any other bears and might not be enough food for him to eat. He needs berries, grapes and nuts.
    They also eat grubs and ant pupae. I predict that he will be so hungry, he will show up near population again. On the other hand, he won’t be in a designated bear hunting area.

  • Myrna

    Fior some reason the the article has censored the quote by Paul Gottlieb that ran on the 5 pm news. The correct quote referring to the bear is “Yeah’ he’s pretty big, about the size of Governor Christie.”

  • Elaine

    ok I live in Old Bridge, which is right next door and this is just too close for comfort. Yikes!!!

  • Phyllis Sorrentino

    we’ve invaded their territory. we are the intruders not the bears

    • DanTe

      The bear is sooooooo cuddly. Why don’t you, Phyllis Sorrentino, stop invading the bear’s home and give it back to the bears? Stop your empty yapping, and just do it. Two faced hypocrite.

      • Micha

        No Dante, the hypocrits are the people who want to purchase the brand new condo right on the edge of the woods, but then they cry because a black bear or coyote ends up in their yards.

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