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Bird Seed-Eating Bear Prowling Through New Jersey Neighborhoods

What to Know

  • Yet another bear has been spotted traipsing through neighborhoods in New Jersey, this time in Ridgewood
  • It was the third bizarre bear-related incident in the Garden State this month
  • An NJ baker says a black bear smashed a window, ate two dozen cupcakes and fled the scene, leaving only a paw print behind

Yet another bear was bumbling through a neighborhood in New Jersey. 

Police in Ridgewood said they were monitoring the brown bear that traipsed through someone's yard and munched on seed from a bird feeder about 11 a.m. 

The bear has since moved into neighboring Waldwick, according to the department. 

It's the latest in a string of bear sightings in the Garden State in recent days. Last week, a baker said a black bear smashed her SUV's window and ate two dozen cupcakes in the car for a delivery the next morning. 

And on May 1, a rogue bruin was finally taken into custody after a nearly 30-hour jaunt through Paramus and Ridgewood backyards, some fence-hopping and a trip near a school. That bear was tranquilized and brought to a safe habitat. 

Animal control warns residents that garbage cans attract bears, so keep garbage containers in a garage or basement, and only take it out on garbage day. And wash your containers frequently.

Ridgewood police are urging people to stay away from the bear and call authorities if the animal is spotted again.

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