Another bear sighting in Monmouth County

Wow! I don’t remember there have been as many bear sightings in our neck of the woods. I’m not a “let’s go for a walk in the woods” type of girl anyway, but my stance is finally justified. People are seeing bears left and right. another sighting since I wrote about the latter.

Imagine you are taking a walk behind your house in the woods and you come across a big old black bear. That’s what happened to a Sugarbush Road resident in the Candlewood development. If you see a bear, he immediately goes inside and calls the police. They will monitor the situation and also forward the information to others.

It’s very rare to have bear sightings in Monmouth and Ocean counties, but it’s been happening like crazy in the last few months.

It’s worth reminding everyone what to do if they come into contact with a bear:

  • Photo Credit: Simon Infanter

    Photo Credit: Simon Infanter

    avoid contact

    Now this seems like a no-brainer, but there are people who want the IG bear selfie. Even when you’re far away, you’re close, you have no idea how fast they can run!

  • Photo Credit: Unsplash

    Photo Credit: Unsplash

    Keep clean

    They are super sniffers. Don’t leave trash cans out for long periods of time, don’t hang bird feeders in rural areas, and don’t leave leftover meat around a campsite after grilling or you may have an unexpected guest.

  • Photo credit: Unsplash Andrew Schultz

    Photo credit: Unsplash Andrew Schultz

    Protect your pets

    Bring your pets inside at the first sign of a bear sighting. That could end badly for your fur babies.

  • Photo Credit: Amir Hosseini

    Photo Credit: Amir Hosseini

    Don’t be a hero

    Never try to shoot or catch a bear yourself. Call the police and they will make relocation arrangements if necessary.