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Northvale Authorities Warn Residents Of Black Bear Sightings

Northvale and Rockleigh area authorities warn of dangers with recent black bear sightings.
Northvale and Rockleigh area authorities warn of dangers with recent black bear sightings. Photo Credit: blackbear

NORTHVALE, N.J. -- Northvale Police are warning residents about a large black bear that was sighted near a Rockleigh Road home on Tuesday.Officers responded and observed the lone bear which did not appear aggressive and eventually made its way north into the hills of the Palisades Interstate Park Reserve.

The Northvale Police Department recommends that residents remain calm and avoid sudden movements, give the bear plenty of room, allowing it to continue its activities undisturbed.

Other tips include:

  • If a you see a bear but the bear doesn't see you, detour quickly and quietly.
  • If a bear spots you, try to get its attention while it is still farther away. You want it to know you're human so talk in a normal voice and wave your arms.
  • Remember that a standing bear is not always a sign of aggression. Many times, bears will stand to get a better view.
  • Throw something onto the ground like a camera if the bear pursues you, as it may be distracted by this and allow you to escape.
  • Never feed or throw food to a bear.
  • If a Bear charges, remember that many bears charge as a bluff. They may run, then veer off or stop abruptly. Stand your ground until the bear stops, then slowly back away. Never run from a bear. They will chase you and bears can run faster than 30 m.p.h.
  • Use pepper spray during an attack.

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