FAIR LAWN, NJ - When a baby bear is out and about, it causes a stir. on Monday that stir happened in the middle of town, at one of the borough's busiest spots, the Radburn Train Station.
The NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife, along with the assistance of several units of Fair Lawn first responders, captured the 70-pound female bear cub, who according to social media reports, was spotted about town, possibly even in Glen Rock, before she was taken to safety.
The photos show the cub gently prodded out of the tree, bribed with a meal of spaghetti and meatballs, adjacent to the Chase Bank and the railroad tracks on Fair Lawn Avenue. With the help of a tranquilizer, the cub was captured, unharmed, and medically checked and tagged by NJDEP staff, and placed in a specially equipped truck for transport to an undisclosed location for release into the wild.
Dozens of bystanders watched from a nearby shopping center parking lot, and the eastbound Radburn train station platform, as the capture was executed.
Fair Lawn PD, Fair Lawn FD Company #1, Fair Lawn OEM, Fair Lawn DPW, NJ Transit PD ESU, and NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife personnel all joined forces on Monday afternoon to make the capture possible.
Boyd A. Loving contributed photos and reporting to this story.