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Black Bear Captured in Ridgewood Shot by Hunter in NY State

The black bear tranquilized this summer in Ridgewood and released into the wild recently died during New York's hunting season.

A black bear was tranquilized and captured after roaming Ridgewood in June / Reader photo
A black bear was tranquilized and captured after roaming Ridgewood in June / Reader photo

A young black bear that caused havoc over the summer when it roamed near a Ridgewood elementary school was killed across the New York border by a hunter last month, according to a recent news report.

Emergency personnel and state wildlife officials surrounded the 118-pound bear in a Bellair Road tree and tranquilized it last June, after the sighting forced students at nearby Orchard and George Washington Middle Schools indoors.

The bear was tagged and released into the wild at Ringwood State Park, according to a report by mycentraljersey.com. 

It had grown to 250 pounds and trekked 107 miles into New York when a hunter legally shot it near Albany on Nov. 23.

Had it remained in the Garden State, where the bear population has skyrocketed over the last four decades, it may have remained safer. The hunting season for bears in New Jersey begins Dec. 9 and lasts only six days, compared to a nearly three-month season in northern New York.

According to the report, the Lexington, NY, hunter who shot the bear plans on having it made into a full body mount.  

Helen Michelson December 03, 2013 at 10:35 AM
This is absolutely terrible! Should be ashamed of himself. When will the time come that these gun nuts realize that the animals have as much right to roam and live in their environment as we have to live in ours. It should be against the law to kill them.
DD December 03, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Can't really tell if you're joking or not.
Joe the average American guy. December 03, 2013 at 12:54 PM
agreed on Bear rights but disagree on guns
Ridgewood Mom December 03, 2013 at 04:09 PM
How uncivilized.
Ridgewood Mom December 03, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Guns should only be for shooting people that we feel we are defending ourselves from.
Phil Brooks December 03, 2013 at 05:36 PM
My guess is that, if animals had opposable thumbs and access to guns, there'd be no hunting.
Ridgewood Mom December 03, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Was the bear carrying a packet of skittles?

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