A young black bear's tour of Bergen County is over. Carol Tyler of Animal Control said the bear fell out of a tree on Circle Avenue in Ridgewood after getting hit with a tranquilizer. The bear fell eight feet, but according to officials wasn't hurt. After making the rounds in Paramus and Ridgewood, the bear has been moved to western New Jersey where he'll be released near the Delaware Water Gap.
New Jersey is seeing and increasing number more and more black bears roaming their neighborhoods. The National Park Service says once a bear has noticed you, stay calm and remember most bears don't want to attack. It says to remain still, but slowly wave your arms to help the bear recognize you as human and talk to the bear in low tones. Never imitate bear sounds or make a high-pitched squeal because a scream or sudden movement may trigger an attack. Most importantly, do not play dead and try to escape if possible.