Paramus neighborhood amazed by bear sleeping in tree for hours

Posted: Updated:
PARAMUS -

A young, black bear spotted in Paramus Monday kept a neighborhood on edge and entertained for hours.

The bear was first seen in the morning wandering near Sirianni Park behind Bergen County Community College, and then through several neighborhoods. It finally climbed a tree on Benton Road and fell asleep for hours.

The McDermott sisters were the first ones to spot the wayward bear and called 911.

MORE: Extended interview with Animal control

The sisters tell News 12 New Jersey that they thought that the bear was very cute and adorable.

“I hope that it finds its mother again,” one of the girls said.

But other neighbors were not as amused. Some were worried about property damage if the bear were to fall on one of their roofs.

Wildlife officials were on location for much of the day monitoring the bear. They said that they were not going to intervene unless the bear moved too close to nearby Route 17. Animal control workers used noisemakers to try to wake the sleeping bear and get it to leave the neighborhood, but were unsuccessful.

The bear finally climbed down on its own by Monday night and headed back toward the woods.

Although many of the neighborhood residents were out taking photos and watching the bear, officials warn that residents should call 911 if a bear is spotted and never approach the animal.

Officials say that the bear was about 2 years old and weighed about 125 pounds.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • France shooting aftermath

    France shooting aftermath

    Wednesday, December 12 2018 12:07 PM EST2018-12-12 17:07:12 GMT
    Photos of the aftermath of a shooting that killed least three people in Strasbourg, France.
    Photos of the aftermath of a shooting that killed least three people in Strasbourg, France.
  • Your 2018 New Jersey Holiday Lights Photos

    Your 2018 New Jersey Holiday Lights Photos

    Monday, December 10 2018 12:00 AM EST2018-12-10 05:00:41 GMT
    Alan Woinski's display on Pascack Road in Paramus.Alan Woinski's display on Pascack Road in Paramus.

    Do you think you have a great holiday lights display? Check out some of the submissions for the News 12 New Jersey Lights Up the Holidays series.

    Do you think you have a great holiday lights display? Check out some of the submissions for the News 12 New Jersey Lights Up the Holidays series.

  • Gift Guides: Gifts for everyone on your list

    Gift Guides: Gifts for everyone on your list

    Wednesday, December 5 2018 7:37 AM EST2018-12-05 12:37:03 GMT
    From Jack-Jack, of the "Incredibles," to the newest Fingerlings toy, we have a list of the hottest toys for the kids in your list!From Jack-Jack, of the "Incredibles," to the newest Fingerlings toy, we have a list of the hottest toys for the kids in your list!

    We have a list of the best gifts for everyone on your list!

    We have a list of the best gifts for everyone on your list!

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."