Ramapo State Forest closed because of bear reports

Ramapo State Forest closed because of bear reports

Ramapo State Forest closed because of bear reports (10/14/15)

RINGWOOD - New Jersey's Ramapo State Forest remains closed for a second week because of reports of an aggressive bear on the prowl.

The state Environmental Protection Department has placed traps in the woods and captured a bear on Oct. 5. That bear was killed.

DEP spokesman Bob Considine says officials don't know if that was the bear that three different sets of hikers said was acting aggressively. Considine says the bear was aggressive after its capture.

Considine says this is the time of year when black bears start preparing for winter and hibernation by actively foraging for food.

The DEP expects to decide later this week whether to reopen the forest.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report

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