Sleepy 200-lb. bear takes nap in tree, eludes capture in N.J. town

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The bear was spotted Monday napping in Sirianni Park near Bergen County Community College.

A black bear roused from its sleep in a tree Monday later climbed down and wandered away through a residential neighborhood, authorities said.

The bear was spotted in the morning, napping in the tree in Sirianni Park near Bergen County Community College.

Animal Control says the bear was first see Sunday night near Route 17, after wandering through Northern Bergen County, reported CBS2.

After they were called to Sirianni Park, which is behind the college, animal control workers used noisemakers to try to wake the bear and chase it out of the tree.

paramus-bear.jpgThe bear crouches in a tree in Paramus as police wait for it to come down. (AP Photo | Seth Wenig) 

The bear made its way down from the tree around 9 p.m. Monday, and was last seen moving northwest in the area of Midland Avenue, police said.

“Police were unable to capture the bear,” Paramus police wrote on social media. “If you see the bear, stay away from it and call police at 911.”

On social media, the police were warning residents to stay away from the bear if they see it and call 911. Police said they were making extra checks of the area.

“The bear left on its own,” Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said Tuesday morning. “Hope it’s on it’s way home!”

Last week, a Chatham man captured video of a bear munching birdseed on his elevated back deck.

As warm weather approaches, the state Department of Environmental Protection cautions the public about interacting with bears.

“Bears that learn to associate food with people and their homes and living areas, can become nuisance bears that forage in neighborhoods looking for easy sources of food,” the DEP said in a statement.

paramus-bear2.jpgThe bear rests in a tree, appearing to yawn, as police and residents surrounded it on Monday. (AP Photo | Seth Wenig) 

Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.