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School Lockdown Lifted When Bear Leaves Town

Bruin first spotted in the area of Hackettstown High School Tuesday morning, police said.

Hackettstown High School, Hatchery Hill School and Hackettstown Middle School have lifted their modified lockdown Tuesday after a bear in the area fled from authorities, Hackettstown Police Sgt. Darren Tynan said.

At 7:40 a.m. Tuesday police responded to a report of a bear in the back yard of someone's home, Tynan said. The bear was not acting in an aggressive manner, Tynan said.

Authorities then followed the bruin into the quarry, and subsequently onto the State Fish Hatchery property, Tynan said. 

A short while later, the bear was spotted on Arthur Terrace, Shelley Drive, and on the Minebrook Golf Course on Schooley's Mountain Road, Tynan said.

The school lockdown was lifted at approximately 11 a.m., and no one was injured as a result of the incident.

Chuck Ruff October 23, 2012 at 03:13 PM
This should be a big concern for everyone since there's been a total of zero people seriously injured by bear attacks in NJ.
Judi October 23, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Was wondering about the helicopter. Thanks for keeping me in the loop, Patch!
Trying to be positive October 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
lockdown? seriously?
LV Outdoorsman007 October 23, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Give me a break. On other news, a bear caused school lockdown. Unless the bear had a gun, just keep the kids indoors with no lockdown.
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