Bear sightings temporarily shut down the Middlesex County Greenway in Metuchen

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METUCHEN – Sightings of what appear to be a mama bear and her cub early this morning on the Middlesex County Greenway has caused park rangers to temporarily shut down the paved trail, according to Police Lt. Arthur Flaherty.

Police put out a Nixle alert at 7:56 a.m. on July 6 of the sightings urging the public not to approach or interact with the bears.

Borough officials provided links on the borough website from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife on bear facts and bear safety tips – https://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/pdf/bear/bearfacts_safetytips.pdf and https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/bebearaware.pdf

Mayor Jonathan Busch shared photos of the bear sightings on his social media page courtesy of @Ahmadi_Muslim77 on Twitter.