Other NJ News

Update: Bear Captured in Garwood Monday Afternoon Could be Bear Seen in Westfield Sunday

After tranquilizing him, officials doused the young bear with water to cool him down before transporting him back to the wild. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
Authorities carry the small tranquilized bear. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
A resident captured this photo of the tranquilized bear.
A resident captured this photo of the bear being tranquilized.
A resident captured this photo of the bear in her Garwood backyard.
Garwood Police and zoning official await the arrival of officials from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
At about 12:30 p.m. Monday, the bear was hiding in the backyard of a home in Garwood. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
Neighbors wait as a bear sleeps behind a home on Walnut Street in Garwood. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna
Department of Fish & Wildlife officials arrive with a bear trap. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

WESTFIELD, NJ — A bear has been captured in Garwood Monday afternoon. It is believed to be the same bear seen in the area of Lawrence Avenue and Sinclair Place in Westfield Sunday night and near Brookside Place School Monday morning.

The Department of Fish & Wildlife tranquilized the bear around 1 p.m. in the backyard of a home on Walnut Street in Garwood where it had been sleeping under a deck, according to authorities.

According to Garwood Police, the bear is a male, most likely a yearling. He will be relocated to the wild, according to Garwood Police Chief James Wright.

Sign Up for E-News

Officials said they will test his tooth to try to determine his age. After tranquilizing him, they doused him with water to cool him down before transporting him in a bear trap.

“This is my second bear call,” Chief Wright said. “First one was about five years ago, but that bear was recovered in Cranford.”

“I’ve never expected a bear before,” neighbor Julia Melton, who lives on Myrtle Avenue in Garwood, said. “We have deer, foxes and a coyote, but never a bear. But with everything lately, this doesn’t surprise me.”

The bear’s sighting in Cranford Monday morning caused Brookside Place School to delay its opening to 9:45 a.m. Sunday night, Westfield residents in the area of Lawrence Avenue and Sinclair Place had been told by Police Chief David Wayman to remain indoors.

Sign up for our enewsletter and get stories like these sent directly to your inbox at www.tapinto.net/enews.


TAPintoElizabeth.net is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TAPElizabeth and Twitter @TAPElizabeth. 

Download the TAPinto App!   Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


East Brunswick: I Don't Wanna Close Up, I'm a Toys-R-Us Kid

March 16, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick used to be the home of Meyer's toy store, an almost idyllic wonderland of all sorts of Barbies, parts for swimming pools, and clanging model trains until it closed in 2002.  Kay-Bee toy store was a popular stop at the Brunswick Square Mall until 2009, with a salesperson often displaying the newest gadget outside its door, causing eager kids ...


Piscataway – Reinhard Rudolf Kiefer, 85, died Sunday March 11, 2018 at home. Born in ...
Read more
Piscataway, NJ – Manuela Cruz, 94, born July 17, 1923, passed away peacefully on March 8, ...
Read more

Celebrate National Ag Day at the Middlesex County EARTH Center

March 13, 2018

EARTH CENTER, NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Consider this: just about everything we eat, wear and use comes from agriculture. That is why America’s farmers and their crops are celebrated each year on National Ag Day, which falls this year on March 20.

To honor this day, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County has planned a new seminar entitled The State of Agriculture and ...

Darby Road to Host Fifth Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Darby Road Public House (450 Park Ave., Scotch Plains) has announced the dates and times of its hugely popular St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which will be set up in the municipal parking lot.

The festival features Irish bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, great Irish fare and enough Guinness to go around! The event also will have a bounce house, ...

Piscataway Libraries Host Annual NJ Makers Day Program

PISCATAWAY, NJ – The Piscataway Public Libraries were once again hosts to dozens of “makers” for the 4th Annual NJ Makers Day celebration.

The Saturday events at the Kennedy and Westergard Libraries featured activities and demonstrations by members of the maker culture with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) initiatives.

Among other ...

NCAA Tournament: Heilmann and DelVecchio Both Secure All-American Honors; Suriano Becomes Rutgers' First-Ever Finalist

CLEVELAND, OH -The senior class of South Plainfield High School’s “Murderer’s Row”, the 2013 team that earned a group title, two individual state titles, and produced five state placewinners, knows a thing or two about making wrestling history. The 2018 NCAA wrestling tournament marks the last time two standouts from 2013 team, Troy Heilmann and Scott DelVecchio, will ...

Pre-Ticket Sale for Holy Savior Academy’s 4th Annual Spring Splendor Tricky Tray

Holy Savior Academy is hosting its Spring Splendor Tricky Tray Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the school.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are limited and will be sold at Holy Savior Academy, 149 South Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (cash or checks)

BYOB and food- Admission $ 25 per ...

Upcoming Events

Thu, March 22, 7:00 PM


The Basics of Starting a Business

Business & Finance

Fri, March 23, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey , New Brunswick

Motown the Musical

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, March 24, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey , New Brunswick

Motown the Musical

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, March 25, 8:00 AM

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Dunellen

Palm Sunday

Religions And Spirituality

Sun, March 25, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey , New Brunswick

Motown the Musical

Arts & Entertainment

New Jersey Hoops Player Isaiah Rogers Part of College Basketball History

March 17, 2018

CHARLOTTE, NC - You all saw what happened. You all witnessed history.

But did you know a former Jonathan Dayton basketball player, who helped lead the Bulldogs to an NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 state title in 2012-13, is on the University of Maryland-Baltimore County men’s basketball roster?

Junior guard Isaiah Rogers, who served as UMBC’s team’s manager in ...

Coffee, Tea or Fleas?

Two ducks are on a flight to Miami.  The first duck says to the second, “you flying south for the winter?”  The second duck replies, “Oh wow, a talking emotional support duck!”


Pa rum pum.


There have been a lot of news stories lately about animals traveling on airplanes.  Some are humorous, like the woman who recently tried to bring ...