This morning at 8AM the phone rang (yes, I was already up), and it was the Township Emergency Alert system calling with a recorded message telling residents that a bear had been sighted.
Turns out, the bear was up a tree at the cemetery yesterday, and apparently
traveled from the vicinity of the Princeton Shopping Center to the cemetery at the corner of Witherspoon and Wiggins streets in Princeton Borough around 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
The bear was spotted about 50 feet up the tree, but then came down and headed through the cemetery back towards Princeton Township.
At which time I was at a party at someone’s back yard somewhere along his route.
A Patch reader has nicknamed Princeton’s newest furry friend “Tu-Tu Bear,” both because he was spotted near Paul Tulane’s grave and because he’s a small little bear. Small, as far as bears go, but “it is probably a 100 to 150 pound juvenile male “looking for its own turf,” said animal control officer Mark Johnson, so keep away.
At least it’s not an alligator.
Princeton’s Black Bear Has Relocated to the Township
The bear made it to Herrontown Woods on Thursday afternoon, Princeton officials confirmed.
There’s a bear in the woods!
More Jersey stuff, and a few news from friends:
El Tea Party‘s up!
Roger Kimball‘s celebrating 30 years of The New Criterion.