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Bears Starting to Come Out of Hibernation, Police Warn

Bear removed several bags of garbage Tuesday from a Maxim Drive garage.

A bear reaches for a bird feeder not hung high enough. (Photo: Hopatcong Police Facebook page)
A bear reaches for a bird feeder not hung high enough. (Photo: Hopatcong Police Facebook page)
A bear broke through an old door on a Maxim Drive garage and removed several bags of garbage on Tuesday.

It was the first bear complaint of the year in Hopatcong, Lt. Thomas Kmetz said.

"The bears are now coming out of their hibernation," Kmetz said. "They are hungry. Please store your garbage where a bear cannot get to it."

Kmetz also advised residents to hang bird feeders out of the reach of bears. A photo posted on the Hopatcong Police Department's Facebook page shows a bear going for a bird feeder.

The Hopatcong Police Department also offer these tips on living with bears.

Emily March 29, 2014 at 07:57 AM
s.coventry. they used to have special police officers at the polls years ago. I worked at one of the polls when I was a special. That was when they made crossing guards special police. Again I am dating myself. I don't think it has any meaning other then to keep the peace.
Roll Back Our Tax March 29, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Looks like JP's comment were taken down just now. Wonder why.
S. Coventry March 29, 2014 at 09:00 AM
Thank you Emily for that info, as for me I would rather see the police out patrolling (and I think they would rather be out also) Roll Back thanks for pointing out JP did his usual “put it up to insult/damage someone and take it down routine” don’t think we would have noticed he removed it. I’m sure JP will post something else derogatory..... You know he can’t stop.
Roll Back Our Tax March 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM
S Coventry....I don't think JP is that sensitive to take it down. I think enough people flagged it and it got taken down.

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