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PHOTOS: Black Bear Climbs Into Paramus Tree After Brief Chase

A black bear took Paramus officials on a brief chase around the borough Monday morning. Photo Credit: Paramus Police
The bear was initially spotted near the Ridgewood Country Club before running through several borough streets -- ultimately ending up in a tree on Benton Road, Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said. Photo Credit: Paramus Police

A black bear climbed into a Paramus tree Monday morning after leading police on a chase around the borough, authorities said.

The bear was initially spotted near the Ridgewood Country Club before running through several borough streets -- ultimately ending up in a tree on Benton Road, Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg said.

State Fish and Wildlife was on its way as of 9:30 a.m.

Black bear attacks against humans are extremely rare, but that doesn't mean people shouldn't take precautions to protect themselves.

Authorities advise:

  • Never feed or approach a bear;
  • Avoidi direct eye contact, which may be perceived as a challenge;
  • Never run from a bear -- back away slowly;
  • Never corner a bear.

A bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping signs by snapping its jaws and swatting the ground -- these are warning signs that you are too close, experts say.

Slowly back away, avoid eye contact -- and do not run.

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