MANAHAWKIN, NJ - At approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning, Stafford Police were notified of a black bear sighting near the Regal Cinema in Manahawkin.

Stafford Township Police, Animal Control and the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife were dispatched to the area where they found the bear in a tree near the McDonalds.

Stafford Police reported that after some time, the bear climbed down from the tree and headed west into the wooded area, appearing to head back in the direction of the Stafford Forge Wildlife Preserves. 

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A short while later, Stafford Township was notified of an additional sighting of the bear in the Cedar Run section of town, police said. 

The Stafford Township Police Department and Stafford Township Animal Control are continuing to monitor the area closely.

If seen, police ask you to please stay away from the bear and report the sighting to the Stafford Township Police Department at 609-597-8581.