In my opinion, Union Beach police were in way over their heads and were seeking a way out, not the best solution to the problem. Sadly many police officers along Raritan Bay & Sandy Hook Bay are untrained in dealing with wildlife issues. They are better suited to deal with difficult people rather than difficult animal problems. Ultimately it was the responsibility of NJ Fish & Wildlife to take care of the situation. The fact that NJ State Conservation officers (the same ones that give tickets along Raritan Bay to people for illegal fishing) didn't want to come out during Memorial Day weekend along with state biologists or wildlife veterinarians to determine the health and condition of the black bear is very disturbing and insulting to residents of the Bayshore region and to people who care about wild animals. A full account should take place of what occurred so corrections can quickly be made. This will not be the last black bear encountered near this urban-suburban estuary.
Large bear spotted in Union Beach 'put down' by police
BY ALEX NAPOLIELLO
NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Posted on May 28, 2017 at 9:49 AM
UNION BEACH -- A large bear that was spotted in the bayshore borough of Union Beach was put down, police said.
Union Beach police announced in a Facebook post early Sunday that a large bear reported in the area of Edmunds Avenue on Saturday "had to be put down."
"The decision was made to prevent an even more grave situation from occurring," police wrote on Facebook. "This is not the ideal outcome for us, however, as we know - human life takes precedent over animal life. Public safety will always be our number one priority."
The message was met with backlash on Facebook, with many people questioning the police department's decision to kill the bear.
"Why not tranquilize and relocate?" one post read.
"I am disgusted over this," another post said. "Do they not realize people were everywhere and could see the bear showed no imminent threat. Other measures could have been taken but that would have meant spending a little more time. An innocent animal was murdered."