LAKEWOOD – A bear was seen at the front entrance of the Georgian Court University campus, but did not interact with students or any other people.
Police said it was seen near the guardhouse and then it walked off down Lake Carasaljo. If you are on campus and spot a bear or any other wild animal that might be dangerous, call 732-987-2611.
Black bear sightings are rare but not unheard of around Ocean County, particularly in areas where development has encroached into their habitat.
Officials released the following tips on how to stay safe from bears:
- Never feed a bear. Deliberately feeding bears puts pets and other residents in the neighborhood at risk.
- Put garbage in tightly closed containers that cannot be tipped over.
- Remove sources of water, especially in dry climates.
- Bring pets in at night.
- Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other prey.
- Pick up fallen fruit and cover compost piles.
- Install motion-sensitive lighting around the house.
- Clear brush and dense weeds from around dwellings – this reduces protective cover for bears and makes the area less attractive.
- If a bear is present, make sure they know they’re not welcome. Make loud noises, blast a canned air siren.