When Joyce Miller’s 10-year-old son stepped out the front door of the family’s Wanaque home recently to walk his puppy, the family saw a black bear lumbering across the lawn. They quickly jerked their son and the dog inside, then banged garbage can lids to shoo the bear… The Millers have lived in a development at the edge of Ramapo Mountain State Forest for 15 years. The bears used to hustle away when they saw people. They’re not nearly as wary these days. "There seems to be a shift now in our coexistence," Miller said. "I don’t feel as safe."… One thing is certain: There are more bears, so there are more bear-human encounters. "When you have increasing human and bear populations, you’re inherently going to have more interactions," said Brooke Maslo, a wildlife ecologist at Rutgers University. "And when they have benign interactions with people, they might start to stick around when they see a person rather than immediately run away."… There is so much food here that bears here are having more cubs than usual. While the typical female black bear has a litter of one to three cubs, those in North Jersey, because of plentiful food, tend to have litters of three to six cubs, Maslo said.
/ / / N.J. Bears Don’t Scare Away So Easily