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Bears, 'Mountain Lion' Spotted in Area

Police have received numerous calls about a mother bear and her cubs since Saturday; a Dorothy Drive resident said Wednesday she believed there was a mountain lion on her street.

They may look cute and cuddly, but a wild animal spotting is not an excuse to pull out your camera phone.

Morris Township Police say a mother bear and her cubs have been spotted by numerous town and township residents since last weekend, in the area of Martin Luther King Avenue over the weekend and most recently in the Lake Road section of Patriots Path.

And, township police were on the lookout Wednesday afternoon when a Dorothy Drive resident called in a report of what she believed to be a mountain lion.

"We checked the area, but we didn't see any, and no signs," Morris Township Police Capt. Rich Ferrone said. A number of neighbors also said they had not seen or heard anything.

"Sightings of mountain lions have been on the rise throughout North Jersey over the past few years," Ferrone said. "Like many wild animals, mountain lions generally avoid contact with humans. The food source for mountain lions mainly consists of deer, which there are plenty of in the area."  

The police are in contact with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, to find out if a mountain lion would even venture into this area. "Could it be something else? What should our concerns be," Ferrone said.

Either way, and whether it's a bear or some kind of cat, he told residents not to approach the animals in either case. While bear sightings are common in this area—and this mother bear and her cubs appear to be heading back into the woods—Ferrone said to call the police as soon as possible if anyone sees the so-called mountain lion.

And, if you see the bears, "make sure you stay from the cubs," Ferrone said. "They may be cute, cuddly cubs, but mother bear won't take kindly."

jesse October 17, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Patriot: Seek help. Quickly.
Patriot October 17, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Jesse Ignorance is bliss. Obviously you do not know what is happening. What town do you live in? You might want to check if your town belongs to ICLEI ( International Council of Local Enviormental Initiative) and also Sustainable New Jersey.
Scott October 19, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Hey Patriot, although I might agree with some of your views, what the heck do they have to do with a mtn lion and bear cubs in Morris Twp??! Omg....
Patriot October 19, 2012 at 01:26 AM
My point is that one should get used to this as these sightings and more of wolves, bobcats, mountain lions, cougars, etc. will just become commonplace with the WILDLANDS portion of Agenda 21 and will be another factor to "help" direct people to the supposed safety of the cluster city hubs being prepared for the future. Now sightings are happening because of seasons changing, hunting periods, high activity, destruction or changes of natural habitats, quests for food, searches for water sources as dams and waterways have been altered, etc. This is merely the beginning phase. Since the Federal government now owns 50% of the U.S. land with their goal of 85% and the plan is to let animal roam freely, MORE regulations, increases in taxes, increases in costs of electricity and gas, control of water, food and also the limitations of sewerlines and hookups will become major factors which will cause the exodus from farms and the suburbs. GOAL: Forcing people into cities or urban hubs. Suburbs are considered SPRAWL and are unsustainable according to the United Nations and people behind AGENDA 21.
james king October 24, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I believe there mt. Lions in our area after all ive seen black bear in an around morristown no wonder developement is pushing thr creatures in a confrontation with humans

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