SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are responding to reports of a small black bear roaming near Mountain Avenue in the vicinity of Willow Avenue and Russell Road.

"People should keep children, their pets and themselves indoors until we alert them that the animal has been removed from the area," said Captain Ted Conley of the Scotch Plains police. "We have called in fish and wildlife experts to tranquilize the bear and then remove it."

Recently, bear sightings have been reported in Plainfield and Mountainside.

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Editor's Note: The bear image in this story is a file photo.