Contact Us
Northern Valley Daily Voice serves Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan & Rockleigh

Menu

Northern Valley Daily Voice serves Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan & Rockleigh

Nearby Towns

news

Hiker Encounters Black Bear In Rockleigh, Trails Closed

Police closed trails in Rockleigh Tuesday after a hiker encountered a bear.
Police closed trails in Rockleigh Tuesday after a hiker encountered a bear. Photo Credit: Northvale Police

ROCKLEIGH, N.J. — Trails behind Rockleigh Borough Hall were closed due to a bear sighting at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

A hiker encountered a bear just over the ridge where the yellow and blue trails meet, police said. The bear did not threaten the hiker, according to police.

Bear prints were seen in the area, indicating that the bear was moving in an easterly direction toward the Palisades Interstate Parkway, police said.

Here are some black bear tips from police:

  • Don't EVER feed a bear! It's dangerous, illegal, and it's what makes bears problematic and aggressive.
  • Pay attention for scat, tracks, and claw marks. Take special care when hiking off-trail or in areas with berries. Clap, sing, or otherwise make noise to alert bears to your presence. Keep your dog on a leash.
  • Don't run if you see a bear. Instead, back away slowly. Try not to make eye contact. Make noise instead, and wave or raise your arms so you look bigger. When a bear raises up on its hind legs, it is usually just trying to get more information, not issuing a threat. If a black bear swats the ground, huffs, or bluffs a charge, you are too close to it.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Northern Valley Daily Voice!

Serves Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, Old Tappan & Rockleigh

This is a one time message inviting you to keep in touch

Get important news about your town as it happens.