The bear broke a Denville basement window Monday, squeezing into the room.
Resident Bunny Bateman said the critter was about 3 feet tall and weighed more than 100 pounds.
It left through the garage door, but stayed in the neighborhood.
Police took extra steps to get the bear to head out, hoping a little gunfire would get it moving. And one shot was enough to send it fleeing back into the woods.
Wildlife officials tracked it down and say the bear will be just fine.