Boy Scout Leader Injured in New Jersey Bear Attack

20 Jan 2016 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bear attacks Boy Scout leader in New Jersey reservoir, but scouts unharmed.

ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Officials say a Boy Scout leader was injured during an encounter with a bear in northern New Jersey, but three Scouts with him were unharmed. The unidentified man was airlifted to Morristown Memorial Hospital with what authorities described as non-life threatening injuries, Rockaway Police Chief Walter A.

Police were called to the scene around 12:26 p.m., when one of the scouts reported that the man had been attacked after entering a cave off of one of hiking trails surrounding the reservoir. It was permitted this year in all or portions of Hunterdon, Passaic, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, and Warren counties, and portions of Bergen and Mercer counties. Local officers and firefighters were joined by a state police helicopter to search the 625-acre area straddling the Rockaway-Kinnelon border, using signals from a scout’s cell phone to locate the group, according to Kimble.

In October, the New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife briefly shut down Ramapo Mountain State Forest after eight people were chased by a black bear while hiking in the woods. Rockaway Mayor Michael Dachisen said the three scouts were not injured during the incident, and were taken to township police headquarters before being released to family members.

One hiker said a bear repeatedly approached and swatted at him, forcing him to use pepper spray to defend himself. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. More than 500 bears were killed in the hunt. “The day after the hunt, there’s a bear-human incident, so it just shows that the whole purpose of the hunt was a failure — that it’s really [more] about having a trophy hunt than it is about managing bears,” Tittel said.

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