CRANFORD, NJ — Police reported black bear sightings early Friday morning.

In the 9:41 a.m. Nixle alert, police said multiple sightings of a black bear in the area of Nomahegan Park were reported.

"Residents are advised to not approach the animal and be mindful of pets," police said. "Police units will monitor the area and notify NJ Fish and Wildlife as needed."

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The state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife says the most common problem people experience with bears is the animals getting into garbage.

“Bears are attracted to neighborhoods by garbage odors,” the state says on its website. “So properly securing your garbage is one of the best ways to prevent bears from becoming a nuisance in your community.”