DEP: Black bear didn't hurt 2 boys at Sussex County campsite

SANDYSTON - A state environmental official says a black bear that wandered into a campsite in a Sussex County state forest did not injure two young campers, as authorities first thought.

Fish and Wildlife Division Assistant Director Larry Herrighty told the New Jersey Herald yesterday that hospital officials concluded the abrasions found on the 11- and 12-year-old boys were not caused by a bear.

The youths were with a group of nine campers and two counselors sleeping in tents in the Gren Anderson section of Stokes State Forest when the bear entered their campsite around 5 a.m. Wednesday searching for food. The group was part of the Montague-based Trail Blazers Camp.

Herrighty said the bear tried to get into two tents before wandering off. It later was shot in the neck by a ranger, but ran away and has not been caught.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

2 injured in bear attack in Sussex County

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