Excerpt from www.BergenNow.com
Written by Carmine DeMarco
HILLSDALE, N.J. - A juvenile male black bear cub has been spotted wandering around neighborhoods in Hillsdale and River Vale over the past week.
Beginning on the evening of Wednesday, May 5, Hillsdale Police Headquarters received several reports from concerned residents that a bear cub had been spotted near Langerfeld Drive. Police Sergeant Dan McLaughlin was dispatchedand arrived moments later, but the bear fled the neighborhood, seeking refuge in nearby woods.
It was determined that the bear cub was not posing a threat to any persons or property, and further concluded that the cub was behaving normally.
In the interests of general public safety and as a precaution, the Hillsdale Police Department broadcasted a Swift Reach Reverse 9-1-1 notification, which is a town-wide critical message program, alerting residents of the situation via telephone.
The following day, Thursday, May 6, Hillsdale Police Headquarters logged reports of bear sightings at approximately 5:42 a.m., and also at approximately 3:28 p.m. Once again, the Swift Reach Reverse 9-1-1 system was utilized to alert residents. In addition, personal notifications were made to nearby schools.
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