Skip to comments.[New Jersey] Bear attack takes on greater menace; Teens pawed and bitten by prowling cub
Posted on 11/19/2004 9:52:01 AM PST by d-back
The encounter last weekend between three bears and two Boy Scouts at a camp in Warren County was more harrowing than originally reported, as the bears pawed at the teenagers for an hour, bit one of them and attempted to bite the other, according to a report by state wildlife investigators.
The boys, who were later vaccinated for rabies, cowered on a rock as they fended off the two 60-pound cubs and the mother bear at the Yards Creek Scout Reservation in Blairstown on Saturday night, wildlife investigators said.
One of the boys was bitten twice by a cub. The animal first bit down on the boy's left arm -- leaving four scratch marks as the youth pulled away -- and then bit the boy's right hand, leaving three puncture wounds, according to a Division of Fish and Wildlife report obtained by The Star-Ledger on Wednesday. The second boy escaped injury when the second cub bit his coat sleeve -- but missed his arm -- and tried to pull him off the rock, the report said.
The state Department of Environmental Protection did not release the report until last night -- after being pressed by The Star-Ledger-- leaving officials from the Central New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts to field questions about the incident. The council initially reported the incident as a brief, minor encounter with two bears, and said only one bear had "scratched" a scout's hand before the cubs ran off. . . .
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If my understanding of wildlife is correct, then the motivation for covering up the incident was to avoid having the DEP do what they are supposed to do in this case. If this had been a case of a mother bear protecting her cubs, then it wouldn't have been anything unusual from a wildlife perspective. But when bear cubs show clear signs that they do not have a natural fear of humans, they must be destroyed.
He could have ripped the kids' face off, and he rubbed his nose on him?
These are the kinds of bears I want to be attacked by, if I ever have the misfortune of being attacked by a bear!
Thanks. That's about 30 miles from my house...the hunt can't come soon enough for me.
Preferably right on my grill...
Typical left wing Peta Enviral whack coverup of an attack by predators.
The young boys are lucky to be alive. It sounds like the mother bear was training her cubs on how to attack.
Mother Mountain lions do that out here in the west. They and their young panthers will attack and kill large numbers of sheep or goats just for the practice.
No problem, and I hope you have good luck. I'll be driving out to bear country from the People's Republic of Montclair myself, hoping I have better luck than last year's hunt.
This is one of the weirdest bear attack stories I've ever read.
stupid kid..don't feed the bears.
"Black bear attacks on humans are rare"
Thanks for the PING.
Black bear attacks have been rare due to the infrequency of contact between large numbers of bears and large numbers of people - an increasing occurance in densely populated states like New Jersey.
Nonetheless, more people have been killed and attacked by black bears than by grizzlies. They are potentially extremely dangerous animals.
In more rational states, this scenario would have ended with an onlooker shooting all three of them dead with a handy fire-arm.
However, in New Jersey citizens - excuse me - subjects - are not permitted to go about armed and even if they were, would face legal action if they attempted to defend themselves or anyone else.
Decisions on a bear hunt should be made by professional wildlife biologists and animal ecologists - not by some cheap political hack like Campbell who takes his marching orders from the party (DemocRat) political machine.
Incidents like this will only go on until someone there IS killed by a bear.
Not only from the wildlife but from the brainless bureaucrats.
Does Montclair suffer the same fools as Maplewood?
Bears are inherently a dangerous, potentially aggressive animal and when they loose their fear of people through intimate association in a densely populated state like Jersey, they are a menace.
Only regular large bear hunts will succeed in habituating the black bear population to a fear of humans.
The kids had Pop Tarts in their backpacks, which certainly contributed to the situation, but it would be foolish to suggest that Boy Scouts cannot carry snacks or food with them when hiking in New Jersey without inviting a bear attack.
There are simply too many black bears in our heavily-populated state, and they have little if any fear of humans.
The answer to the problem: Control the number of black bears in New Jersey by instituting a regular hunting season.
My heart goes out to you. At least in Morris County where I live, Bush got 77% of the votes. You might have been Dubya's only vote from Monclair! LOL!
I'd prefer a good shotgun with 00 buckshot, a .30-06 rifle or a .44 magnum, thank you.
Or even a good Hawkin rifle of .54 caliber or so.
This explains it:
"News of the weekend attack spread quickly throughout Warren and Sussex counties, and the DEP's refusal to release details until last night has led to allegations by the Federation of New Jersey Sportsmen's Clubs that DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell has been suppressing information on clashes between bears and humans."
"Campbell had tried to thwart a bear hunt for next month that was authorized by the independent state Fish and Game Council. However, an appeals court ruled Tuesday that Campbell does not have the authority to block the hunt. Campbell is pursuing another legal battle to close state lands to the six-day bruin hunt, scheduled to begin Dec. 6."
I'm going to do all my hunting in NY and PA.
Good luck to you folks in a hunt zone. And remember, if you seea Bear, make sure you have a lawyer present before attempting to defend yourself.
True indeed. Duly noted.
"And remember, if you seea Bear, make sure you have a lawyer present before attempting to defend yourself."
Preferably a big, fat, juicy, old one you can out run!!
You're lucky out west, Pharmboy. The pinhead liberal quotient tends to even out as you head west on Route 80 toward Pennsylvania. . .
Fortunately, about a week ago, a New Jersey Appellate Division panel ruled against Campbell and in favor of the hunt.
What kind of mother stands around and lets her cubs behave like this? It reminds me of the scene near the end of Jurassic Park II, where the mother Tyrannosaurus is showing her little dino how to eat the jerky bad guy in the hold of the boat.
Ahhhhh, in the good old days (early 60s) with Ernie Banks and Hamm's Beer ('From the land of sky blue waters...') in Wrigley Field.
"If a black bear is bothering you, act aggressively."
Easier said than done when facing a fanged menace with ten raking claws, which can reach 600 + pounds, out run you and climb a tree faster than you can.
On the other hand, its much easier to assume the "predator" stance with a handy shooting iron in your hands.
Cut them some slack. They're kids, for crying out loud, not Daniel Freakin' Boone.
Unfortunately, I have to agree. I've already lost one dog to them, I'm not losing any more members of my family to black bear, in spite of Communist Campbell or any other politician. I'll take my chances and pay the price to defend myself and my family from a problem created by the ineptitude of our state's government.
When a toddler is mauled/killed by a bear in NWNJ, that childs blood will on the hands of Bradley Campbell.
WHy would the kids get this close to them? Sue the parents for the kids 4 scratches.
I wouldn't be surprised if Michael Strahan also voted for Bush. He and his wife live in Monclair and I know he was pretty good friends with Jason Sehorn, so maybe he is a Republican too.
Thanks for the link--I just ordered a can of the spray.
Your bear likes you.
With any luck, he won't learn to like you too much.
remember last year when Campbell blocked junior hunters from participating in the hunt even though they were accompanied by an adult hunter?? After they'd gone through all the courses, paid out good money.
That had me spitting mad. I called Campbell's office several times and reamed them and Fish and Wildlife Council new ones while I was on a role.
A friend of mine had bears behind his home too...never bothered him. Course, he didn't try to go pet it's cubs either.
I do not feed him, and I have fenced in my yard to keep him away from my dogs. Hopefully, just watching the bear pass by at a distance is as far as it will go.
Bear attack takes on greater menace;
Teens pawed and bitten by prowling cub
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"stupid kid..don't feed the bears."
Stupid legion, the kids weren't feeding the bears.
I spent an hour with Strahan at my friend's TV studio about 7 years ago. This guy is one smart cookie (and the biggest human I've ever been around). Funny as h*ll also...
Thanks for the ping!
Do you know how to tell the difference between grizzly scat and black bear scat?
bells and pepper spray in the grizzly scat.
Never gotten eaten by a bear there though.
When Bear cubs are outlawed only outlaws will have bear cubs.