Kearny police working with state Division of Fish & Wildlife to capture black bear

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The Kearny Police Department has been in regular communication with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to capture a young black bear that slept in a tree for a good portion of the afternoon.

The bear, which appeared to be a cub, was sleeping in a tree in someone’s backyard on Webster Avenue for at least a few hours this afternoon.

The Kearny Police Department said they arrived at the scene at approximately 2:36 p.m. and made it a point to make sure traffic moved through the area swiftly, as area residents were advised to stay in their homes as a safety precaution.

Several astonished neighbors, who said they had never seen anything like this before, made it a point to snap a few photos on their cell phones before heading inside.

On their own, Kearny police were limited to simply keeping watch on the typically woodland creature until the New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife arrived, who said they would be there between 6 and 7 p.m.

Yesterday, Harrison police urged area residents, including Kearny, that a bear had been spotted locally and that police should be contacted immediately if seen.

They have since clarified that the animal was seen near the Kearny Walmart and Wawa and later the Red Bulls soccer arena in Harrison.

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