Bear stuck in Summit tree draws a crowd

A bear is stuck in a tree on Ashland Road in Summit.

A bear is stuck in a tree on Ashland Road in Summit. (1/1/16)

SUMMIT - A bear stuck in a tree in one Union County town drew quite the crowd Friday.

Summit residents woke up on the first day of 2016 to find a bear stuck 60 feet up in a tree on the 200 block of Ashland Road.

Residents quickly came outside to catch a glimpse of the bear. Officials believed the bear was scared by a resident and climbed up the tree to escape. Due to the large crowd, the bear is too afraid to come down.

A spokesperson for the Summit Police Department tells News 12 New Jersey that officials from Fish and Wildlife were notified about the bear, but declined to come to Summit. They believe the bear is not a threat and is too high in the tree to safely tranquilize. They fear it will be injured in the fall.

Wildlife officials hoped that once the commotion calmed down the bear would leave on its own.

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