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Bear Leads Police On Chase In Ridgewood, N.J.

Wildlife Experts Tranquilize Bear After It Runs Up Tree
Ridgewood, N.J. Bear

A bear in a tree in Ridgewood, N.J., before it was tranquilized by wildlife experts. (Credit: CBS 2)

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A bear was tranquilized after a chase in Ridgewood, N.J. Sunday.

Police chased the black bear from a neighborhood to a wooded area, where the animal climbed a tree. There, it attracted a crowd of local residents.

Officers then tranquilized the bear, which came down out of the tree. The bear was sleeping it off Sunday night, but was reported to be in good condition.

The Ridgewood sighting follows two more incidents in as many days 17 miles northwest in Montclair, N.J.

On June 4, an 18-month-old black bear was found up a tree in Watchung Park in Montclair. He stayed elevated for nearly three hours and captivated a crowd, until wildlife experts tranquilized him.

The following day, another black bear was spotted in the backyard of the Montclair home where Lily Seraydarian, 12, resides.

“I thought I was hallucinating or something,” Lily told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez earlier this month.

Local schools suspended all outdoor activities on both of the days bears were spotted in Montclair.

The week before that, a mother bear and her two cubs were captured after roaming around Randolph.

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