New Jersey Police Shoot Bear Near School

newjerseyhunter.com, Bear Hunting Magazine
06/16/2008

Parsippany police stated that the officer who shot and killed a bear last week first attempted to scare it and even peppered it with rubber buckshot before ultimately deciding he had to put the cub down as it loped toward an elementary school where children were outside.

"He followed his training to the T," Chief Michael Peckerman said. The officer, whose identity is being withheld, is one of 15 officers on the force specially trained by state Fish and Wildlife Division bear experts.
However, only Fish and Wildlife officers are permitted to shoot tranquilizing darts, Peckerman said, and they were responding to two other bear incidents at the time Parsippany requested assistance.

The department released the additional details after Tuesday's incident continued to attract critics.

The officer felled the 125-pound male with two shots as the animal was about 100 yards from children picnicking outside Intervale Elementary School just before 10:30 a.m., police said



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