When Bears Get the Munchies

New Jersey's ursine boom has its human residents up in arms

The smell of doughnuts tickled mama bear's nose. They were lying in a culvert, wrapped in a T shirt smothered with molasses. She was hungry. Why not tuck in? As soon as she did, a metal grate slammed shut behind her. She clawed at the cage, to no avail. Trapped in a backyard in Hamburg, N.J., all she could do was hunker down and wait.

It's a predicament facing a lot of black bears in the Garden State. And yes, we're talking about the same New Jersey known as the tollbooth capital of America; the nation's most densely populated state. A...

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