October 14, 2019

Bear Breaks Into NJ Home, Bear Shot, People Go Insane

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Here’s another one of those “rare” incidents when a bear decides to break into a home looking for food. Yes, put your garbage away, take down bird feeders, clean bar-b-cue grills, pray to the bear gods but understand that a hungry bear is a hungry bear with not much else on its mind but getting food, even if it means busting out your car window or demolishing a home or garage door.

In New Jersey, a female bear with three cubs broke into a home by staving down the door. Police were called and the bear was subsequently shot and killed. The cubs were rescued and taken to a rehab center.

Below the map that shows the West Milford, New Jersey area, I posted some of the comments left by readers of North Jersey Online. It should be no wonder why actual wildlife management is impossible. Many of the comments support my offensive to some claims that Americans are perverted lovers and defenders of wild animals even at the expense of human life.

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Christine Fairleigh Dickinson University

2 of the bears were clinging to their dying mother bear? So sad.

Rosalie

Were they feeding the bears?

Thomas

Sad that they had to kill the momma bear. She must have been having a hard time trying to feed 3 cubs! But scary to think the bear had no fear and helped herself to the home.

Debbie College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC

You needed to do what u had to, although sad.

Tricia Fordham University

The word “euthanized” make me sick. She was shot to death by a bunch of gun happy officers no doubt. Door should not have been left open.

Janet

Unless you live amongst these creatures you don’t know what you are talking about. First, it did not state the door was left open. Locked or unlocked if a bear wants to get in he will. Be it a door or a window. Second, having a bear in your home in simliar to having a squirrel enter your house. They go on a rampage because they can’t figure out how to get out. Their concept of how they got in is similar to a maze and they get “lost” to find the exit. Third, in this area where the bears roam your “gun happy officers” are TRAINED constantly on how to deal with roaming bears. Most times they are chased away from the homes. It is only when a bear shows tendency of being violent will they use a more forceful means of taking care of the situation aka EUTHENIZING them (I like that word better than killing them!). At the time when a choice has to be made as to how to handle the bear the officers don’t take an inventory of the animal to see if it’s a male or a female or if any cubs are in the area. Their ONLY concern at the time is for the safety of themselves and any civilians.

Randy

Radical animal lovers, tend to lose a sense of reality when it comes to animals, looking for any excuse necessary to defend them, even if it puts a humans life in harms way!

Diane

Aww poor momma bear

Diane

It’s sad they killed her cause she had cubs

Judith

Why can’t the mother bear be moved instead of shooting it??? If they are moving the cubs to a safe spot with no houses, then the mom should be able to go too. She was only trying to feed her family.l Something is very wrong!!!! The cubs were clinging to their dying mother, how sad is that.

Suzie

That is just wrong. Poor cubs. I hate when they shoot bears. Its such a shame.

India

Hilary, look at this, in Pinecliff Lake!!! I wonder who’s house ithey broke into!!!

Jim

The bear can’t be moved because moving bears doesn’t work. Studies have shown that nuisance bears that are moved miles away from the site of their mischief almost inevitably return. Once they are so habituated to humans that they will enter a house, they have to go.

Sharon

Sad and she didn’t die right away she was just trying to feed her babies close the door

Jim

If you read the article you would see that the bear broke in the screen door, so apparently it wasn’t open.

Suzie

The lady is to blame. She should have closed her door. Poor bear and sad for the cubs. Maybe next time learn to visit your neighbors and lock the door.Save a life of a bear.

Janet

Unless you live amongst these creatures you don’t know what you are talking about. First, it did not state the door was left open. Locked or unlocked if a bear wants to get in he will. Be it a door or a window. Second, having a bear in your home is simliar to having a squirrel enter your house. They go on a rampage because they can’t figure out how to get out. Their concept of how they got in is similar to a maze and they get “lost” to find the exit. Third, in this area where the bears roam the officers are TRAINED constantly on how to deal with roaming bears. Most times they are chased away from the homes. It is only when a bear shows tendency of being violent will they use a more forceful means of taking care of the situation aka EUTHENIZING them. At the time when a choice has to be made as to how to handle the bear the officers don’t take an inventory of the animal to see if it’s a male or a female or if any cubs are in the area. Their ONLY concern at the time is for the safety of themselves and any civilians.

Kyle

Im happy all 3 cubs will be taken care of and returned to West Milford when they are big enough. It is sad and the mom was desperate to feed them.

Charley

Since the bear entered a home they are now dangerous . Not sure what the sad part is . If your sitting in your chair and a bear breaks in you may just change your mind

Tina

Exactly if that mama bear comes up in my house this mama bear will do what I have to do to protect mine.

India

Wow I lived in Pinecliff Lake and I worked in West Milford and took care of the elder Maloney. The father of James many many years ago.

Chris

We all know they could have used a strong tranquilizer dart rather than a fatal weapon.

Michelle

When you live in THEIR territory… You have to know to be more careful to keep your doors closed

Denise

Your kidding right? My guess is you live in a non-rural area with no wildlife

Suzie

I totally agree.
One day these poor creatures will have nowhere to call home.

Michelle

Makes me sick to my stomach

Harry

HOW SAD SMH

Liz

I have seen more bear sightings in the last two weeks in West Milford than the last year

Mike

If you wanna live in the bears backyard buy a fence. Why do people feel the need to kill animals when we’re taking all there land.

Suzie

I agree.such a sad story.

Janet

You’ve got to be kidding You need to stop visiting the zoo and live where the animals roam free!

Randy

I don’t know, I think many Bear lovers out there are having a hard time reading: “Police found that the bear had broken in the screened back door.” She didn’t leave the door open with a bowl of honey on the floor just inside…..

Janet

Those city folk read what they want to read. They need to stop visiting the zoo and live where the animals are allowed to roam free!

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