Authorities Remove Black Bear 'Holly' From Glen Rock Tree

The bear will be relocated to a state facility, authorities say.

When a 215 lbs. black bear dubbed "Holly" wakes from her slumber, she'll be safe – but groggy – at a state facility in northwest New Jersey.

Local authorities and officials from the NJ Department of Fish and Game spent about four hours trying to remove Holly from a tree on Boulevard in Glen Rock Monday morning through early afternoon.

"The resident came out to go to his car this morning and was greeted by the bear," Glen Rock Police Chief Fred Stahman said on scene. "He retreated to his car and the bear went up in the tree."

A fire truck ladder was hoisted to the tall tree and at around 12:15 p.m. Holly was shot with a tranquilizer dart. She emerged unharmed, falling on a net set up nearby.

Fish and Game wildlife technician Michael Madonia said "Holly" – given the name by curious neighbors who had gathered on scene – has been captured and tagged before. Madonia also said it appeared Holly had been hit by a car at some point but otherwise appeared in stable health.

The sighting was unusual in the more urban/suburban area of Boulevard in Glen Rock, in close proximity to Route 208.

"There's coyote and deer" in Glen Rock, Stahman recalled. "Bears? I can't remember one."

Stahman said the bear was not a threat to neighbors and nearby Byrd Elementary School was not locked down.

"Everyone did a great job," he added.

Cheryl S December 12, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I wish they could tag her......would love to follow.
Cheryl S December 12, 2012 at 02:19 AM
I wish they tagged her...would love to follow...James, can you get a tag for the Patch? LOL
RespectAnimals December 12, 2012 at 09:08 AM
Fortunately for "Holly" this was handled in a compassionate sensible manner - there has been enough killing of these majestic animals recently in the NJ state-sanctioned bait and shoot slaughter of them.
Michael Sedon December 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Bears travel for miles, they don't stay put where the state drops them off. Hopefully I'll run into her next year in Zone 1. A friend of mine has a great recipe for bear burgers.
pat c December 12, 2012 at 04:24 PM
According to the article, she was previously captured and tagged.


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