FAIRFIELD, NJ - According to the Fairfield Police Department, a large black bear was spotted in the Big Piece Road area on Wednesday.

Police Chief Anthony Manna assured residents that in most cases a black bear, if not cornered, will be wary of people. However, black bears that are accompanied with their cubs present the need for residents to have a heightened level of awareness. 

According to Manna, while it is perfectly appropriate for residents who witness a bear to notify the police department, it should be understood that the police department’s response to such incidents are limited unless the black bear becomes a nuisance or an immediate threat to human life. Individuals who wish to obtain more information about black bears in New Jersey are encouraged to go to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency’s website at  http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm.

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