Bears Run Through New Jersey Yards, Eat From Birdfeeder

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    Three black bears surprised a New Jersey neighborhood when they boldly ran through several backyards, climbing fences and snuffling around a birdfeeder. Brian Thompson has more.

    Three black bears surprised a New Jersey neighborhood when they boldly ran through several backyards, climbing fences and snuffling around a birdfeeder, which was caught on video by a local landscaper.

    The bears were spotted near Eyland Avenue in Succasunna last week.

    Mike Sippel said he noticed the bears darting through yards and lumbering over fences, and then captured them on video gathering around a birdfeeder.

    Bears Wander Through NJ Yard, Eat From Birdfeeder

    [NY] RAW: Bears Wander Through NJ Yard, Eat From Birdfeeder
    Watch as three black bears wander through a New Jersey yard and try to eat from a birdfeeder. The bears were spotted near Eyland Avenue in Succasunna last week.

    Authorities believe the bears are looking for something to eat after a winter of hibernation.

    "They're hungry, looking for an easy food source and a birdfeeder is the place to go," said Lt. Gerard Hardiman, of Roxbury Police.

    Sippel says the bears then left the birdfeeder, crossed the street and scared a woman who was outside with her dog.

    "The lady over there was screaming and her dog was barking," Sippel said.

    Hardiman says the best thing to do if you see a bear is to make loud noises and try to scare them off.

    During their Succasunna adventure, the bears didn't attack anyone, and left without incident.