Black Bears are omnivorous and will eat a wide variety of food including fruit, nuts, trash, meat scraps and more. Recently there was a confirmed report of a Black Bear in the area of Cherry Valley Rd & Great road. Below are some tips to reduce bear related encounters:'Secure your trash in bear resistant garbage containers or with tight fitting lids to reduce odors.
- Clean any food scraps from grills porches and decks, and keep meet scraps out of compost piles.
- Pets should not be fed outdoors unless absolutely necessary
- Immediately remove all uneaten food and bowls used by pets fed outdoors (NO food after dark).
- Never hang bird feeders in easy to reach locations (feeders should be at least 10 feet in the air).
- Put out garbage on collection day, not the night before.
- Wash garbage containers with disinfectant to remove odors.
- Secure beehives, livestock, and fruit crops with electric fence.
Residents should report bear damage, nuisance behavior or aggressive bears to the DEP Hotline at 1-877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337) or their local police department. Additional bear information can be found at http://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2016/16_0028.html

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