Know the Bear Facts
Black Bears in New Jersey
Fish and Game Council Proposes Updated Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy - DEP News Release, 3/3/15
Proposed Amendments to the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (pdf, 1.1mb) - The proposed policy will be sent to DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, who must approve the policy before it is published in the New Jersey Register and opened for a 60-day public comment period and public hearing.
Division Biologists Perform Winter Den Research (NJ.com Video)
bears are the largest land mammal in New Jersey. They are an integral
part of the state's natural heritage and a vital component of
Since the 1980s the Garden State's black bear population has
been increasing and expanding its range both southward and eastward
from the forested areas of northwestern New Jersey. Within the
most densely populated state in the nation, black bears are
thriving and there are now confirmed bear sightings in all 21
of New Jersey's counties.
Division of Fish and Wildlife personnel use an integrated
approach to managing New Jersey's black bear population, fostering
coexistence between people and bears.
most common bear problem New Jersey's residents experience
is black bears getting into their garbage. Bears are attracted
to neighborhoods by garbage odors, so properly securing your
garbage is one of the best ways to prevent bears from becoming
a nuisance in your community.
are encouraged to work within their community to make sure all
garbage is secured and kept away from bears. For tips on proper
garbage management and coexisting with bears, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts_avoid.htm
problems with black bears is everyone's responsibility!
report a nuisance black bear, call the DEP's 24-hour, toll-free
1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).