Summit Police Department has received several reports of a bear in the area of Oak Ridge Avenue and Rotary Drive.

Bears tend to be wary of humans, but are attracted to neighborhoods by odors from garbage cans. It is important to store all garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and avoid leaving food outside. Feeding bears, whether intentionally or unintentionally by leaving food outside, is dangerous for both people and bears, and is illegal in New Jersey.

The DEP website provides information on how to avoid attracting bears, tips on how to react to an encounter with a black bear, and more. There are also safety tips for homeowners, business owners, fishers, campers, and hikers. In the event of an encounter with a bear, residents should immediately notify local police or the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife at 1-877-927-6337.

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