Food Shortage Could Lead Black Bears to Forage in NJ

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    Black bears have been known to forage in New Jersey when food is scarce.

    Black bears in New Jersey might have to forage in backyards and campsites because acorns and tree nuts are in short supply this fall.     

    The wet weather may to be blame for the shortage.     

    State Fish and Wildlife Division director David Chanda told The Record newspaper residents, hikers and campers can reduce the likelihood of attracting bears by removing or properly securing any potential bear food.     

    State officials say the black bear population has stabilized at about 3,400.