Can bears be found in Northwest Bergen County municipalities?

Yes, black bears have been observed in all of New Jersey’s 21 counties. Below, please find helpful information concerning bears, how to prevent attracting bears to your property, and what to do if you observe a bear.

  • Generally, bears tend to be wary of humans. It is important not to tempt bears to linger in residential areas by leaving out food or garbage. Bears are usually most active between April 1 and December 1.
  • Black bears learn very quickly. Bears that are fed intentionally or unintentionally by carelessly leaving out food or garbage will associate food with people. These bears can become a nuisance or aggressive and may have to be removed or destroyed.

You can help to prevent problems with black bears by following some simple tips. Click here to learn more.