A 34-year-old woman was hospitalized after being attacked by a black bear when she went to check mail near her home in New Jersey
- A 34-year-old woman was attacked on Wednesday by a black bear near her home in Lafayette, New Jersey, as she was walking to get mail.
- It happened on Mountain Road in the town of Lafayette around 4.30pm
- An unidentified woman said she had seen at least three bears
- According to officials, a bear weighing 150 to 200 pounds “attacked her”
- The bears were frightened when a neighbor blew their car horn
- The woman was taken to hospital, where she was treated
- If the bear is caught and the attacker confirmed, he will be euthanized
- The New Jersey Department of the Environment reminds residents never to feed or approach bears and to remain calm when they encounter them
A woman from New Jersey was taken to hospital for treatment of a right arm and buttock injury after she was attacked by a black bear as she was walking to check a mailbox near her home.
A 34-year-old woman was walking along Horny Road in the town of Lafayette around 4.30pm on Wednesday to check mail near her home when she was attacked, police said.
Officials said the unidentified woman saw two or three bears and “was involved in a physical encounter with one of them.”
State Police Officer Brandy Sloth told the New Jersey Herald that a bear weighing about 150 to 200 pounds “attacked her”.
The bear, which is believed to have been between one and two years old, was with two other bears at the time of the attack, New Jersey Department of Environment spokesman Larry Heine said.
They were frightened when a neighbor signaled their car, he added.
The woman was taken to hospital for treatment with arm and buttock injuries and was later released.
A 34-year-old woman was walking down Horny Road in Lafayette, New Jersey, around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to check mail when she was attacked by a black bear.
Government officials said the involved bear was one to two years old and weighed 150 to 200 pounds. New Jersey Fish & Wildlife has been investigating the incident by setting a trap in the area.
If the bear is caught and confirmed to be the animal involved in the attack, it will be euthanized, officials said.
The New Jersey Department of the Environment reminds residents never to feed or approach bears and to remain calm in the event of an encounter.
Do not run away from the bear and instead let him know about your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, sing, clap your hands or make other sounds, NJDEP reports.
The bear meeting on Wednesday was the third this year in Sussex County.
Earlier this year in Sussex County, bears killed and killed two dogs, but the latest attack was the first in nearly two years involving humans.
In 2020, an 82-year-old man had to put on more than 30 stitches after a bear attack in West Milford. Wildlife officials said a 2014 bear attack in West Milford claimed the life of a 22-year-old Rutgers University student, making it the first documented fatal bear death in state history.
The New Jersey Department of the Environment reminds residents never to feed or approach bears and to remain calm in the event of a meeting
SECURITY TRIALS, EVERYONE TO REMEMBER WHEN MEETING A BLACK BEAR
- Never feed or approach a bear
- Keep calm when you encounter a bear
- To make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive voice, singing, clapping or making other sounds
- Make sure the bear has an escape route
- When a bear enters your home, provide it with a way out by opening all the doors
- Avoid direct eye contact, which can be perceived by the bear as a challenge. Never run away from a bear. Instead, slowly back away
- To scare away a bear, make loud noises by shouting, knocking on pots and pans or using an air horn
- Do yourself as much as possible by waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand by with your arms raised above your head
- A bear can utter a series of grins, burst its jaws, snap its jaws, and slap the ground. These are warning signs that you are too close
- Slowly move away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run
- If the bear is standing on its hind legs or coming closer, it may be trying to better examine or detect odors in the air. Usually this is not threatening behavior
- Black bears sometimes “bluff” when cornered, threatened, or attempted to steal food.
- Stand in your place, avoid direct eye contact, then slowly step back and do not run
- If the bear does not leave, move to a safe place.
- Report a black bear’s damage or misbehavior to the Department of Health’s 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337)
- Families living in areas where black bears are often found should have a “bear plan” for children that has an evacuation route and the planned use of whistles and beeps.
- Attacks by black bears are extremely rare. If a black bear attacks, fight back