Mansfield Police Department

Black Bear Sighting – 5/2/22

It’s that time of year again where we have black bear sightings in the township. Our first sighting this year occurred Monday night on Jacksonville Road between Old York Road & Mill Lane. Black bears tend to migrate through our area, but historically don’t stick around long term. These visits are nothing new and have been occurring for nearly a decade. Nonetheless, encountering a bear unexpectedly can be an unnerving experience, but certain common sense steps can be taken to mitigate any potential hazard. According to the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, the most common bear problem New Jersey’s residents experience is black bears getting into their garbage. We encourage you to take a few minutes to see what you can do to reduce the chance you might attract bears to your property by checking out these Bear Facts For Homeowners.

Any bear sightings can be reported to police by calling the dispatch center at 609-298-4411 Option 1. Additionally, black bear damage or nuisance behavior can be reported to the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s 24-hour hotline at 1-877-WARN DEP (1-877-927-6337).