Ring camera captures black bear on NJ family’s porch

The black bear population is increasing in New Jersey with people in 13 counties reporting incidents so far in 2023.

Lanette Espy

Jun 5, 2023, 11:41 AM

Updated 373 days ago

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A family in Great Meadows woke up to a missed call on their Ring security camera last week. They had a big surprise when they saw a huge black bear on their front porch.
Video shows the bear on the porch looking as if it was trying to ring the doorbell.
The black bear population is increasing in New Jersey with people in 13 counties reporting incidents so far in 2023.

Here are some ways to avoid attracting bears:

  • Make sure to close all windows and doors when cooking.
  • Install motion sensor lighting to scare off the bear.
  • Use horns, pans or pots to scare a bear away.
  • Do not run from a bear.


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