Bear darted by officials in Paramus

Animal spotted by school earlier Thursday
April 24, 2008 4:59:25 PM PDT
A busy bear was darted by animal control officials after leading them and police on a chase through Paramus and Ridgewood this morning. Two darts were shot into the bear after it reappeared on Paramus Road, behind the Orthodox Christian Church of Christ the Saviour, just after 12:30 p.m. this afternoon.

It was expected to take 15 to 20 minutes for the busy bruin to be tranquilized by the darts.

The bear would then be brought out of the woods.

The bear was first spotted in a wooded area behind Paramus Catholic High School just after 8:30 a.m. this morning.

The animal ran through Saddle River County Park, Dunkerhook Area, with police in pursuit through the heavily wooded area.

The principal of Paramus Catholic High School said, at the recommendation of police, gym and other outside activities were held inside as a precaution. Otherwise, classes were held as normal.

Police chased the bear through the woods and onto the property of residences near Midland Avenue off Paramus Road. They tried to surround the bear but the animal ran back into the woods.

"Bears are here. Don't feed them, don't try and get close to them. Just be patient, they'll move through. We took their area, not vice versa," said one law enforcement official.