NJ police shoot, kill bear after it wanders into yard sale

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Monday, June 15, 2015
Black Bear (image source: Wikimedia Commons)
Black Bear (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

PLAINFIELD, N.J. -- Police have shot and killed a black bear that wandered into the backyard of a central New Jersey home where a yard sale was being staged.

Plainfield police say they received a 911 call around 8:30 a.m. Sunday reporting that a bear was running on Leland Avenue.

Officers soon located the bruin and followed it to the 700 block of South Avenue, where it was killed around 9:45 a.m.

Authorities said the bear did not injure anyone

Further details about the bear, such as its sex or age, were not immediately available. A

Authorities say state wildlife officials were headed to the site to collect the animal.

Police had sent out an alert telling city residents to remain in their homes while officers tracked the bear.