What to Know
- The sightings come a day after police in nearby Westfield warned residents about bruins being spotted in their neighborhood
- No one has been hurt in any of the cases
- Police say if you see a bear, you should stay indoors and call authorities
Multiple bear sightings have been reported in one New Jersey county, a day after another bruin spotting prompted a police warning to residents in the area.
The first sighting Monday was in Union County's Cranford around 8:30 a.m. It wasn't clear how long it roamed the neighborhood. No one was hurt, but at least one school in the area near the sighting had a delayed opening.
A second sighting not far away, in the town of Garwood, came in around 11 a.m. The bear was spotted at a home on Walnut Street, and homeowner Joshua Law said it was taking a breather under his porch.
The bear, a 1-year-old male, was taken into custody shortly after 1 p.m. He was later released into the woods.
Police in Cranford said it appeared the same bear, which they nicknamed Ted E. Bear, had wandered over to Garwood. After it was caught, the department quipped on Twitter, "It is safe to picnic again."
A bear was also spotted in nearby Westfield Sunday night. The bruin was seen on Lawrence Avenue.