NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – A bear has been spotted near the city’s border with East Brunswick for the second time in as many days.
However, the bear that was seen Wednesday between Lipman Drive and Ryders Lane/Cobb Road in New Brunswick is apparently a different bear than the one spotted on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the city told TAPinto New Brunswick that the bear seen on Tuesday near Rutgers Gardens was apparently an adult bear. The one spotted Wednesday was smaller - possibly an adolescent.
Rutgers Police Department issued an alert on Wednesday morning, urging residents to avoid the area.
The city’s animal control department was notified. It is coordinating its efforts with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife. Both agencies were on the scene Wednesday, working in a citizens safety role, a spokesman for the city said.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife urges residents to refrain from feeding or approaching bears and to resist the urge to run if you encounter one.
If you encounter a bear, officials recommend you make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping your hands or making other noises.
Also, avoid direct eye contact, which may be perceived by a bear as a challenge.
Instead of running, back away slowly.