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Black Bear: Vernon Township NJ Woman Attacked Outside Home

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By    |   Friday, 22 Jul 2016 07:16 AM

A black bear in Vernon Township, New Jersey attacked a woman outside her home, but a neighbor was able to scare the mother and her three cubs back into the woods, News 12 New Jersey reported.

Vernon Township police said the woman was near her residence in the Pleasant Valley Lake section of the township on Monday when she encountered the bears.

The mother bear charged her way and the woman fell backwards. A neighbor who saw the attack chased the bears away.

The weekly AIM Vernon said Vernon Township Ambulance transported the unidentified woman to a hospital where she was treated for injuries she sustained from the fall. Authorities notified the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife about the attack noted AIM Vernon.

The North American Bear Center said black bears are often timid, and startled bears often run away toward trees that they can climb. Grizzly bears, though, occasionally attack, making them more than 20 times more dangerous than black bears.

"Bears that visit campgrounds, bird feeders, and garbage cans almost never kill people, even though these bears have by far the most contact with people," the bear center said. "The 750,000 black bears of North America kill less than one person per year on the average, while one out of each 16,000 people commits murder each year across North America."

Last month, a bear walking its hind legs in Oak Ridge, New Jersey became an Internet sensation after it visited one resident's yard, according to ABC News. Joey Esposito said he was taking a water break while mowing the yard when the bear "nonchalantly" walked toward him on its hind legs.

Authorities believed the bear was the same one that was recorded walking on its hind legs in 2014, sparking a fundraising campaign to transfer it to the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York, noted ABC News.

The New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife declined to move the bear at the time because it felt the bear did not need assistance and could make it on his own, reported ABC News.

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A black bear in Vernon Township, New Jersey attacked a woman outside her home, but a neighbor was able to scare the mother and her three cubs back into the woods.
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