Bear was previously caught and tagged by NJDEP
Updated with NJ DEP response 2:30 pm
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.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Union Beach | Tags: Bear shot in Union Beach, Councilman Charlie Cocuzza, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, NJ DEP, NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Union Beach Bear | 7 Comments »