EDISON - New Jersey Fish and Wildlife officials say an increase in black bear sightings around New Jersey are possible in the coming weeks.

"We're going into a time of year that bear biologists call the fall shuffle," said Kelcey Burgess of the state Division of Fish & Wildlife." That's where bears start moving around quite a bit looking for those food items that they need to bulk up for the winter time."

In the Garden State, officials say most black bears don't actually sleep all winter long. They step out from the den occasionally to stretch their legs.

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