Black Bear Sighting in NJ

NJ's black bear population has vastly grown over the years

First it was a baboon wandering through backyards then another animal was reportedly making itself comfortable in Jackson Township, N.J.

A black bear was seen peeping around Tom and Claire Meyer's Beech Court backyard, according to the Asbury Park Press.

The Meyers witnessed the estimated 5-foot, 300-pound bear taking a stroll on their property while they were watching TV.

"I quick grabbed my iPhone and took a picture," Claire told NBC10.

The concerned mother’s home is located around the Francis Mills Park Preserve where many black bears reside.

A runaway baboon from nearby Six Flags Great Adventure was seen in the same neighborhood just two weeks ago.

All 20 American black bears and 25 European brown bears living at the safari were accounted for Wednesday night, Six Flags spokesman Kristin Siebeneicher said.

The folks at Six Flags count the animals and monitor the perimeter fences twice a day, she added.

Residents in the neighborhood of the spotting should keep an eye on their children and pets until further notice on the situation.

New Jersey's black bear population has increased greatly since the 1980s, black bears' have been seen in all 21 Garden State counties, according to the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife.

The most common bear problem New Jersey's residents experience is black bears getting into their garbage. Bears are attracted to neighborhoods by garbage odors, so properly securing your garbage is one of the best ways to prevent bears from becoming a nuisance in your community.

In this most recent sighting the bear rooted through the trash.

"He wasn't aggressive but did rip into our trash last night so that was all over the place," Claire said.

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