A reader spotted a small black bear walking around in the vicinity of Lake Road Friday morning, catching his trek on video.
, of , posted the video to Morristown Patch's Facebook page and on his own page at around 9 a.m. According to Stacey Winn Sainato, Nicholas' wife: "My husband just rescued a woman on Lake Road who was 15 feet from the bear and had her get in his car and drove her home."
As a reminder, here are some tips to keep in mind should you encounter a bear:
- Do Not Feed Bears: Black bears learn very quickly and those that come to associate food with people may become aggressive, and thereby dangerous.
- Take Down Bird Feeders in the Summer Months: If you feed cats or dogs outside, only do so during the day, and take the food and containers inside at night.
- Mind Your Garbage: Store your garbage in airtight containers, in an area away from doors to the garage or basement. Wash trash containers weekly with a disinfectant solution to remove food odors. This also can help with our area's far more ubiquitous hungry/curious deer situation.
- Chillax: If you see a bear, remain calm and keep your distance. Alert the bear to your presence by clapping or talking. If the bear does not leave, slowly back away, avoiding eye-contact. From a distance, bang pots or use an air horn to scare the bear away.
- You Need to Know When Enough's Enough: If a bear becomes a constant nuisance or is responsible for continued damage problems, contact the NJ Department of Environmental Protection hotline at 877-WARN DEP (877-927-6337).
Patch will update this story as new information develops.