125-Pound Black Bear Spotted in New Jersey Neighborhoods Captured After 2 Days on the Run

Playing Cops Catch Black Bear After Close Encounter With Man

A black bear seen strolling through several New Jersey neighborhoods over the past two days has been captured.

On Monday, the bear lounged in a tree in a Ridgewood neighborhood. On Tuesday, the bear was caught on helicopter video sauntering through a residential area until animal control officers closed in on him.

The bear was spotted climbing fences and crossing streets. At one point, the newcomer even stared down a dog, but quickly moved on. 

Ridgewood High School, Somerville Elementary School and a nearby nursery school were all placed on lockdown while animal control took care of the bear.

The 125-pound bruin was eventually tranquilized. He’ll be released somewhere in the New Jersey wild, officials said.

“He’ll have a nice peaceful trip," Carol Tyler, of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, told CBS 2. "He’s out cold."

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