Bear complaints on rise in NJ

October 6, 2008 3:25:42 AM PDT
Black bears in New Jersey are getting bolder as they search for food before hibernating for the winter. As of Sept. 20, the state had recorded 2,155 bear complaints.

That's up 84 percent from the same period a year go.

The most serious complaints so-called "Category 1" incidents in which bears threaten humans or property have more than doubled, from 87 to 203.

The number of home entries has more than doubled to 65.

The state has euthanized 25 bruins this year for aggressive behavior, up from 18 a year ago.

State Fish and Wildlife Division assistant director Larry Herrighty tells The Record of Bergen County there are more bears and less food in the forests.

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