NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police in Englishtown, N.J. are warning residents to take precautions after a black bear was spotted Friday afternoon.

Police received a report of a bear sighting on Iron Ore Road by Mt. Vernon Road, about half a mile outside Englishtown in Manalapan.

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Black Bear - Englishtown, NJ (via Peter Cooke / Englishtown PD)

Black Bear – Englishtown, NJ (via Peter Cooke / Englishtown PD)

When officers got to the area, a landscaper on Woodruff Court in Englishtown advised officers that the bear was nearby.

Officers found it on Heritage Drive. They then chased the bear into a wooded area, then went to the other side where the bear came out.

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They then chased it into a heavily wooded section of Manalapan, where they feel it won’t pose a threat.

There is no plan to try to capture the animal.

“I’ve been an officer here for 12 years. This is the first time we’ve have a bear sighting,” Police Lt. Peter Cooke told WCBS 880.

Cooke said that when officers approached the bear, it seemed more afraid of the officers than the officers were of it.

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