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Sightings Indicate NJ Black Bears Migrating Farther South

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July 16, 2012

Sightings Indicate NJ Black Bears Migrating Farther South

By Chad Love

First it was elk in West Virgina, and in other wildlife expansion news, black bears are now migrating farther south in New Jersey than anyone in the Garden State expected.

From this story on philly.com:
Until a 230-pound cub bounded across Landis Avenue--a sight so odd that onlookers at first thought it was a huge dog--New Jersey had no proof that American black bears had migrated so far south.

A spate of bear sightings over the last few months have stretched south from Princeton to East Windsor to Winslow Township, down into Gloucester County. Unconfirmed reports also placed bears in wildlife management areas in Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

According to the story, all 21 New Jersey counties have had bear sightings, but up until now most Jersey bruins have been limited to the heavily-wooded northwest part of the state. Jersey hunters took 469 bears during last year's black bear season.

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from Moose1980 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

1st, 230lbs is no cub. Also, there was a reported dog attacked by a bear in West Hartford, CT this morning, not the most suburban city. The owner shot at the bear, but the DEP is trying to figure out if he actually hit it. Not a good place to have a wounded bear.

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Man Id love to go bear hunt one day. Id settle for a black bear hunt but would prefer a Brown Bear if I had a choice.

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from Moose1980 wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

1st, 230lbs is no cub. Also, there was a reported dog attacked by a bear in West Hartford, CT this morning, not the most suburban city. The owner shot at the bear, but the DEP is trying to figure out if he actually hit it. Not a good place to have a wounded bear.

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from Red Salas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Man Id love to go bear hunt one day. Id settle for a black bear hunt but would prefer a Brown Bear if I had a choice.

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