The Garden State – it’s home to Bruce, Bon Jovi, Berra, and now we have a humongous 762-pound hulk, “Bearzilla” living near West Milford. From The Star Ledger:
“That is just its spring weight. It only recently left a winter den … Wait until it feeds all summer to fatten up for denning this fall. It could get over 900 pounds,” said Len Wolgast, a member of the state Fish and Game Council and former wildlife biology professor.
The bear was trapped and tranquilized, along with another bear, on Saturday. A third male bear was trapped in the same area Monday.
Bearzilla who outweighs the average black bear by up to 500 pounds, was treated for a nose injury, marked with identifying tags, released into its habitat, and asked not to come back…
Rather than kill the bears, however, officials tried to put the fear of humans into them. The bears were released from the trap and fired at with rubber buck-shot and firecrackers in a bid to make them fearful of human contact.
“It was done right in the area where they were caught so they would know that to be an area to avoid,” Herrighty said.