WATCHUNG, NJ - The Watchung Police Department is reporting they have received multiple calls from residents about a black bear sighting in the area of Bayberry Lane. The alert was issued Saturday evening at 7:40p.m. Residents in this area should use caution when heading outside. The Watchung Police have contacted the State Department of Environmental Protection.

After an extremely harsh winter, there were a number of Bear sightings in early April in Warren, Bound Brook and Bridgewater. Sporadic sights in Somerset County have almost reached the point of being somewhat common.

The bear population in New Jersey has been a growing debate as man versus bear confrontations have escalated over the past few years. Last year, an Edison resident was killed in a bear attack while hiking in West Milford New Jersey. Bears are not typically known for attacking humans, but they are wild animals and authorities warn against feeding bears and advise residents to use caution if a bear is in the area.