bears are the largest land mammal in New Jersey. They are an integral
part of the state's natural heritage and a vital component of
Since the 1980s the Garden State's black bear population has
been increasing and expanding its range both southward and eastward
from the forested areas of northwestern New Jersey. Within the
most densely populated state in the nation, black bears are
thriving and there are now confirmed bear sightings in all 21
of New Jersey's counties.
Division of Fish and Wildlife personnel use an integrated
approach to managing New Jersey's black bear population, fostering
coexistence between people and bears.