Three Bears Spotted, One Tranquilized in Englewood

By ROSEANNE COLLETTI
|  Tuesday, May 11, 2010  |  Updated 6:43 PM EDT
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The only one missing was Goldilocks.

Three bears have been sighted in suburban Englewood, New Jersey, and one of them -- a two-year-old male bear was just tranquilized.

Police say they are still looking for other two sighted.  A cub was spotted this morning napping in some underbrush behind a bakery on Coolidge Ave, an area of warehouses.

Englewood police have called in the New Jersey Dept. Of Fish and Wildlife to remove the one of the bears, which is said to be about 3 feet tall. A local businessman caught the furry fellow on surveillance tape rummaging through a dumpster looking for some porridge.

Englewood resident Antonio Restrepo told us he was within 15 feet of the bear yesterday, looking down on the animal from a small bridge in a park. "He wasn't that small that I wanted to get any closer," he said. Restrepo did snap off a picture with his cellphone.

If these bears got any closer to Manhattan, they'd need an EZ pass to cross the GW bridge.

"This is a case of a mother with yearlings making their way down here through waterways," explained Kelcey Burguess, head of the black bear management unit for Fish and Wildlife.

Right now they know where one cub is. They don't know how close the mom and sibling may be.

It's a bear of a problem for  New Jersey officials. The black bear population has grown to an estimated 3,400 in the Northwestern part of the state.

Officials now are considering reinstituting bear hunting for the first time since 2005. That's not popular with environmentalists and animal rights activists. It's not too popular among bears either.

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