WESTFIELD, NJ — The bear seen in the area of Lawrence Avenue and Sinclair Place in Westfield Sunday night has moved on and it is once again safe for people in that area to go outside, Westfield Police Chief David Wayman said Monday.

The most recent sighting of the bear was in the backyard of a home on Walnut Street in Garwood. At about 12:30 p.m. Monday, police on the scene said that the bear was sleeping under the home's deck. Officials from the Department of Fish & Wildlife arrived at about 12:40 p.m.

Cranford police released an advisory at 8:11 a.m. Monday that said a bear was seen in the area of Beech Street, near Brookside Place School. The school was pushed to a delayed opening at 9:45 p.m.

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Police are asking people to avoid the bear.

Additional reporting by Leah Scalzadonna.

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