SOMERSET HILLS NJ - Somerset Hills residents are accustomed to living among the wildlife. Many local neighborhoods are home to deer, red foxes, squirrels and wild turkeys. This summer, many area residents have been reminded that bears are also their neighbors, according to reports on social media.
On July 7, the Bernards Township Police Department reported a bear sighting near 73 Mount Airy Road. The Police Department reported that a black bear was roaming around the neighborhood, and that the bear was not aggressive.
On July 12, the Bernardsville Police Department advised the public that it had received "multiple calls of a large black Bear seen in residential neighborhoods throughout town." They advised the public to use caution if outdoors.
There have been two sightings in recent weeks on the social media site Next Door Peapack Gladstone. The most recent sighting was today, when a longtime Peapack resident reported a black bear passing through the area of Todd Avenue, and further reported that this was the first time that the resident had seen a bear in the area.
None of the reports have indicated that the bears were aggressive or caused damage to property.
The State of New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife publishes safety tips for how to avoid contact with bears, and how to remain safe when bears are in the area.