NJ Fish and Wildlife: Union Beach Bear was behaving normally

O’Scanlon: Bears Hanging out in Monmouth County on Memorial Day Weekend is not “normal behavior”

Male bear killed in Union Beach on Saturday night. photo by Councilman Charlie Cocuzza

In response to our report this morning that NJ DEP’s Fish and Wildlife Division told Union Beach Police officials that “We don’t come out on weekends” and “that is not our protocol,” when the UBPD asked for their assistance in tranquilizing and relocating the bear that was shot and killed last night, DEP spokesman Bob Considine said, “the notion that F&W biologist don’t work weekends is ridiculous and offensive.”

Considine said that had the Union Beach situation been Category 1, i.e., the bear was a threat to public safety or property, that Fish and Wildlife biologists would have been on the scene. He said that the situation in Union Beach last night was a Category 3…a bear exhibiting normal behavior and not a nuisance or threat to public safety.

Considine said that F&W advised UBPD that they would not be disposing of the carcass over the weekend.  The bear’s body is now stored in a locked dumpster on Union Beach Borough property.  “Perhaps something got lost in translation,” he said.

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Posted: May 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

NJ Fish and Wildlife to Union Beach Police: “We don’t come out on weekends”

Bear was previously caught and tagged by NJDEP

Updated with NJ DEP response 2:30 pm

photo by Councilman Charlie Cocuzza.

The Union Beach Police Department requested the assistance of the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife to tranquilize and relocate the male bear that was eventually shot and killed on Saturday night, according to Councilman Charlie Cocuzza.

Cocuzza said that he was on the scene for over four hours with Union Beach Police officers.  He stressed that the officers “did everything that was suggested by Fish and Wildlife.”

During a phone interview with Cocuzza this morning, he said that UBPD received a call from a resident reporting the presence of a bear at Dock and 3rd Ave at approximately 9:30 pm on Saturday, according to the source.  By 9:50 pm police had spotted the bear and started evacuating the fishing area at the point.

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Posted: May 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Bear located and put down in Union Beach

NJ.com image from 2016 NJ bear hunt

A 400 lb black bear was shot and killed by the Union Beach Police last night.

At about 10 p.m the UBPD sent out an email alert to residents and posted on facebook that they had located a bear in the area of the 600 block of Edmunds Ave.  The email said the 400 lb bear was in a tree.  Residents were warned to stay indoors and to keep their pets indoors as well.

Several Union Beach residents reported on facebook that they heard up to eight shots fired.

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Posted: May 28th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: , , , , , | 37 Comments »

Freeholders Kickoff Monmouth County Tourism Season

Freeholders Tom Arnone, John P. Curley and Serena DiMaso were joined by kindergartener Tiegan Caldwell from Bradley Beach Elementary School for the unveiling of the new Monmouth County Tourism Logo

BRADLEY BEACH, NJ –Overlooking the beach and breaking surf, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and local civic leaders outlined their picture of the 2017 summer tourism season and unveiled a new county tourism logo on the Bradley Beach promenade.

“Monmouth County is open for business and ready for Summer!,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the County’s Tourism and Economic Development divisions. “Last weekend’s New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar was a great success for the businesses and the food purveyors. We are expecting another solid year for tourism for the rest of the county and the County Tourism Office has been working diligently to connect with potential visitors and let them know that their vacation plans should include Monmouth County.”

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Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to do in Monmouth County this Memorial Day weekend, May 26-29, 2017

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, May 26

  • Manasquan Spring Sidewalk Sale – MORE INFO
  • Bluegrass Mini Golf Course at MP (Oceanport) – MORE INFO
  • Atlantic Cinemas Movie Night (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO
  • NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Tours (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • & Juliet by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Sandy Hook Stars and Satellites – MORE INFO

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Posted: May 24th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do on the Jersey Shore | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Middletown Bear Opens A Twitter Account

The Middletown bear has not been located by Animal Control or the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife yet, according to the Township Police, but there have been several more sightings reported on facebook throughout the Township. According to social media posts, there may be two bears…a cub and an adult.

@MiddletownBear opened a Twitter account last night.  The bear reports that it is just checking out the town and is puzzled why JCP&L wants to build a massive powerline so close to parks, schools and homes.  It posted that it was looking for the beach, but got distracted by a ferry in Belford. #wherearethefish. The bear is thinking of hosting a BBQ in Tantum Park this weekend.

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Posted: May 27th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Bear Spotted in Middletown

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A black bear was spotted in the River Plaza section of Middletown Township last evening, near Nutswamp Road and the federal road connecting Naval Weapons Station Earle’s Leonardo and Colts Neck facilities, which is not far from Middletown High School South.

Lt. Paul Bailey of the Middletown Police Department confirmed reports of the bear sighting and said that Animal Control and The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife have been notified.  Bailey said that as of noon on Friday, no Middletown Police Officers have seen the bear.

“Don’t approach the bear, feed it or give it a picnic basket,” Bailey said in a warning to residents.  “If you see the bear, call the police. Try it keep it in your line of sight, but do not approach or engage the animal.”

Middletown Township released the following guidelines for dealing with bears:

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Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Jack’s attack motivates support for Kim

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Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli’s recent attack on Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno appears to be backfiring.  The oversized glossy postcard comparing Guadagno to Hillary Clinton is drawing angry comments on social media and pledges to work for Kim’s nomination on June 6.

Childhood friends of the Assemblyman are turning their backs on his candidacy and Republican women are particularly offended:

Here’s a small sample:

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Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments »

Stockton Poll: Guadagno Expands Her Lead in GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Murphy’s lead in Democratic race slips slightly

Kim Guadagno

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno has expanded her lead in the New Jersey GOP gubernatorial primary, according to independent poll by Stockton University released today.

Guadagno is the favorite of 37% of likely Republican primary voters surveyed between May 16 and 23, up from 29% in a Stockton poll taken April 26 though May 1. Guadagno’s surge coincides with her ads running on MMM. Just sayin’.

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarell’s support slipped 1% from 19% t0 18% between the two polls. Undecided voters declined from 41%  to 31%.

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Posted: May 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: 2017 Elections, 2017 NJ Gubernatorial Politics, Kim Guadagno, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Phil Murphy | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

Ken Kurson Resigns As Observer’s Editor-in-Chief

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Ken Kurson has resigned as Editor-in-Chief of Observeraccording to multiple published reports.

Kurson will be joining Teneo Strategy, a division of Teneo Holdings, a global CEO advisory firm, as a senior managing director.

Described as a close friend of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor who owned Observer prior Trump’s inauguration, Kurson was publisher since 2013.  During his tenure, Observer dropped “New York” from its title, becoming an online only publication. Kurson merged PolitickerNJ, another Kushner property into Observer.

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Posted: May 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Media, New Jersey, News | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Op-Ed: The Opioid-Addiction Industrial Complex – America’s Dirty Secret

Scott Rudder Turn on any radio or television channel and you will hear a report or an advertisement about the opioid addiction crisis in New Jersey and across the United States. If you continue to stay tuned to that channel, you will hear an advertisement promoting a prescription drug to help you with your pain issues.… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: May 25th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Health Care, Heroin, Medical Marijuana, Monmouth County News, Opinion | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »