POMPTON LAKES, N.J. (WCBS 880) — With the warmer weather, black bears were starting to come out of their dens in northern New Jersey in search of food.

As Sean Adams reports, it’s a good idea to secure your trash since these bears aren’t easily scared off.

“When we first started sending patrol units over there, they would hit the police car siren and they would scurry off into the woods, but now they’re so used to the siren they just look at us and keep doing what they’re doing,” said Police Lt. Steve Seifried.

“People put pizza out and the bears would sit down and they would munch on the pizza, and they don’t have a lid on the garbage can. They’ll rip the garbage can apart to get to a pepperoni pie,” he said.

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Residents weren’t accustomed to bear incursions.

Police urged them to reconsider how they store their garbage, suggesting that they get a bear-proof can, store it in a locked shed or garage.

The idea being if the food is removed, the bears will return to the woods.

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