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Tewksbury Township Police Department
Thursday May 25th, 2023 :: 08:33 a.m. EDT


Black Bears

Each Spring we receive an increase in calls about Black Bear sightings.  

Black bears actively forage for food in the spring after they emerge from dens and in the fall when they are actively feeding to prepare for the winter den period. Black bears are also very active throughout the summer breeding season. These are the times of year when black bear/human encounters are most common, due to bears searching for food.

Black bears by nature tend to be wary of people. However, if you encounter a black bear in your neighborhood or outdoors while hiking or camping, follow the safety tips from the NJ DEP in the attached photo.

For additional information please visit the NJ DEP website at

Tewksbury Township Police Department
Old Turnpike Rd
Califon, NJ 07830

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 908-439-3477

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