Kinnelon couple finds bears under deck

A Kinnelon couple found a female black bear and her two cubs living under their backyard deck.

Homeowners Bob and Marlene Kelly made the discovery in late March while cleaning up their yard.

Wildlife officials were hesitant to relocate the bears because of the likelihood they'd try to return to the den. Experts said the bears could be killed while trying to cross major highways. The couple decided to let the bears leave on their own as a family.

Kelly said the bears left just before Easter.

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