Bear apprehended in Maplewood

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department received a report on April 27 at approximately 2:58 a.m. of a black bear walking through years in the area of Burnett Avenue and Marion Terrace, according to a release from the police department. Maplewood police officers responded to the area and subsequently located the bear. Officers monitored the bear as it traveled to the front of the Hilton Branch of the Maplewood library at 1688 Springfield Ave., where it climbed a tree.

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife was notified and responded to the scene. The bear was tranquilized by wildlife technicians from the NJDFW and, with the assistance of Maplewood police officers and firefighters, the bear was caught in a safety net and subsequently removed by the NJDFW to be relocated.

The MPD thanks wildlife technicians Chuck Sliker and Amy Decheser for their assistance, which, in the words of the press release, “led to a successful resolution to the incident.”

Photos Courtesy of Capt. Dawn Williams