Black Bear Cornered on Grant Avenue in Scotch Plains

SPPD Officer Gerard Rites chased a black bear through backyards in Scotch Plains on Thursday. Officer Rites apparently tired out the bear, which slept behind a garage on Grant Ave. Credits: John Mooney
A black bear roams across the front yard of a house on Grant Ave. on Thursday afternoon. Credits: Sean Conklin
The black bear crosses Grant Ave. as curious residents drive by in their vehicles. Credits: Sean Conklin
The black bear runs towards a backyard on Grant Ave. near the intersection of Front St. Credits: Sean Conklin
SPPD and media stake out a black bear resting behind a garage on Grant Ave. in Scotch Plains Credits: John Mooney
A black bear hid behind this garage on Grant Ave. in Scotch Plains on Thursday afternoon. Credits: John Mooney
The black bear scales a fence in a backyard on Grant Ave. Credits: Sean Conklin
Black bear roaming in back yards in Scotch Plains Credits: Courtesy of Paul Belford, SPPD

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are in the backyard of a house on Grant Street between Front Street and Second Street watching the movements of a black bear that officers have been following all morning on Thursday. Originally, the bear was seen roaming near Mountain Avenue and Russell Road.

"We probably tired him out by running after him. He's got his head down. I think he's exhausted," said Captain Ted Conley of the Scotch Plains police, who is on the scene.

Capt. Conley said that Fish and Wildlife experts told Scotch Plains police that they would not come out and tranquilize the bear unless it climbed a tree. 

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"They said if it's not bothering anybody, just leave it alone and it will head back home," added Conley, who said officers will watch the bear until after school dismisses.

Brunner School sent an email alert to parents informing them that recess had been moved inside for the day. The SPFK12 school district also sent an alert to parents advising them not to allow children to approach or feed the bear if they see it. Dissimal took place at regular times today.

TAPintoSPF will continue to update this story as information becomes available.

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