UPDATE: A black bear seen near Upper Mountain Avenue has Montclair’s Bradford School keeping kids inside.
— Jon Bonesteel (@JonBonesteel) June 5, 2013
Yesterday, Montclair was captivated by a black bear, spotted in a tree near Watchung Park around 6:30 a.m. Making noise by banging sticks and objects, Montclair police kept the bear above ground in a tree for close to three hours until NJ Fish and Wildlife arrived. That bear was taken out of the Montclair area, to be released to a more “bear-friendly location,” but another bear still finds our area attractive. Yesterday afternoon, Baristanet received several reports of another black bear, seen at Mills Reservation.
Mills Reservation is located in Cedar Grove and Montclair, but is part of the Essex County Park system. An officer with Cedar Grove police said they had notified the Essex County Sheriff’s office about the bear. Montclair police confirmed they had heard reports, but said “so far [the bear] had not entered Montclair.
Yesterday afternoon, Kevin Lynch, public information officer for Essex County Sheriff’s office, said they had not received any reports of a bear, but if they did, the procedure would be for someone from the Sheriff’s office to go to the park and check the situation and if a bear was on the ground, to then call NJ Fish & Wildlife. Lynch also said if anyone sees a bear at Mills Reservation or any of the county parks, they should call 973-621-4111.
If you see a bear, the NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Division of Fish and Wildlife, wants you to immediately notify the DEP’s 24-hour, toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).
Our reporter got to Mills Reservation yesterday in time to see people hurriedly leaving the park, with their dogs, after they heard that a bear was sighted.
People leaving Mills Reservation after hearing another bear sighted there. Cedar Grove police say they’ve notified Essex County Sheriff
— baristanet (@baristanet) June 4, 2013
— Philip Wilson (@wilsonphilip) June 5, 2013