Two boy scouts meet up with bears while camping in Blairstown

Two boy scouts had an encounter with a female black bear and her two cubs while camping in Blairstown. One of the boy scouts was slightly bitten and scratched by a cub but was not seriously injured.

According to the Central New Jersey Council of Boy Scouts, the troop was camping at the Yards Creek Scout Reservation Saturday. Two of the boys got ahead of the group and met up with two black bear cubs and their mother, who stayed behind. The boys stood still as the cubs approached them.

Scout officials say the parents picked up the boys and they were taken to their local doctors and treated for rabies. This incident comes as bear hunting continues to be a controversial topic and while the boy scouts say they do not have a position on bear hunting, they will work with the state to ensure safety.

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