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I was just out on my driveway watching my kids ride thier bikes and a 200-250 pound bear came around the corner from the front of the house! It was about 15 yards from us! I grabbed the kids and shoved them into the garage and yelled at the bear! He/she then ran into the front yard next door, around the house then up through the back yard and into the woods! He/she was cool! I didn't have time to get a picture of him![sad] Maybe next time!
 

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Rockaway, I see a ton of bears!!!! I saw 6 in the yard last year but a lot more all with in a mile of the house! We had a 400-450 pounder on my front porch last fall![smirk]
 

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I used to live on Hillside over past viking autobody back in 1997 and I once had 7 Bears in my yard at one time. There are allot of Bears in the Greenpond section of Rockaway.
 

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80-90% of the bear in this years tagging study were never tagged or handled by NJ F&W before. In other words there are a TON of "new" bears.
 

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They have been showing up in Cumberland County quite a bit this year too. Actually, there were several reports of them last year, but they were not taken too seriously. One good sized bear was hit by a car right near the Port Norris SP Barracks last year and cleaned up very quickly.
 

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The reason they're visible now is that it is their "Rut". They breed in june/July. Boars will kill offspring with a sow, so out of necessity, the sows chase off the juveniles. What we typically see now are displaced juveniles (nainly adolescent males) who are confused, and trying to establish new territories.
P.S. I had bear scat in my driveway the other day.
 

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are you sure it was bear scat? [confused]

I think you should package it up and sent it to Bradley Campbell to be sure.[smirk]

after all, he's a "EXPERT" :D
 
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