HARRINGTON PARK, N.J. -- Harrington Park police said Monday that they couldn't substantiate a resident's report of a small bear spotted in the area of Giles and Carman roads.
There haven't been any other sightings, they added.
However, they said: "We have increased patrols throughout the borough as an added precaution.
"We would like to remind residents to contact the police if you do see a bear. Do not try to approach the animal."
They added bear encounter safety tips:
• Remain calm and avoid sudden movements
• Give the bear plenty of room, allowing it to continue its activities undisturbed. If it changes its behavior, you are too close so back away.
• If you see a bear but it doesn’t see you, detour quickly and quietly.
• If a bear spots you, try to get its attention while it is still far away. You want to let it know you are a human so talk in a normal voice and wave your arms.
• Remember that a standing bear is not always a sign of aggression. Many times, bears will stand to get a better view.
• Throw something on the ground if a bear pursues you (like a camera), this may distract it and allow you to escape.
• NEVER FEED OR THROW FOOD TO A BEAR
• If a bear charges…. Remember that many bears charge as a bluff. They may run, then veer off or stop abruptly. Stand your ground until the bear stops, and then slowly back away.
• NEVER RUN FROM A BEAR! They will chase you. Bears can run faster than 30 mph.
• Do not run towards or climb a tree. Black bears and some grizzlies can climb trees and may be provoked to chase if they see you climbing.
• If you have pepper spray, be sure you have been fully trained with it before using it during an attack.
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