Bear spotted in northeastern section of Princeton

A bear has been spotted wandering around Tyson Lane neighborhood near Poe Road in the northeastern section of Princeton, police said on Thursday evening, Aug. 11.

Don’t attempt to approach the bear. Following are tips to reduce bear-related encounters:

  • Secure your trash in bear-resistant garbage containers or with tight-fitting lids to reduce odors.
  • Clean any food scraps from grills porches and decks, and keep meet scraps out of compost piles.
  • Pets should not be fed outdoors unless absolutely necessary
  • Immediately remove all uneaten food and bowls used by pets fed outdoors.
  • Put out garbage on collection day, not the night before.
  • Wash garbage containers with disinfectant to remove odors.
  • Secure beehives, livestock, and fruit crops with an electric fence.

Residents should report bear damage, nuisance behavior, or aggressive bears to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Hotline at 1-877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337) or call the police department. Additional bear information can be found on the DEP website.

A black bear wandering around in Lawrenceville earlier this summer. Photo: Lawrence Township.


  1. Enjoyed reading the news of bear sighting in Princeton area.
    Being a wildlife and.biodiversity conservation researcher and teacher for over four decades in India, wish to see a wild bear in NJ.

  2. That’s what happens if bear hunt ban is ongoing… Northwest NJ has one of highest black bear density.. Murphy need to repeal the ban, it’s not sensible it’s all about childish emotional feelings than facts..

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