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Petals the Bear is back in NJ

“Pedals,” the injured black bear who earned the nickname by walking upright, is alive and well after not being seen through much of the winter.

The bipedal bear, who has become a social media darling, was spotted on the Old Woodland trail near the golf course.

The beloved black bear was last seen Dec. 21 in West Milford and there was concern that he wouldn’t make it through the winter.

Recently, Lawrence Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, said there had been no reported sightings of him and asked the public for help.

In the latest video, the black bear appears to be in relatively good health and is moving briskly. At his last sighting, he was estimated to weigh approximately 350 pounds.

 

Pedals is walking on his two hind legs because of injuries to his front paws. Hajna said the black bear would adapt to the injury and that appears to be the case.

The black bear with the distinctive gait was first spotted in August. He’s missing part of his front, right leg and has an injured left front paw, authorities have said. The public immediately took to the wounded animal.

Kelcey Burguess, a black bear biologist with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, has said the bear most likely got hit by a car.

 

Pedals bipedal bear sighting “Pedals” the bipedal bear, who has become a social media darling, was spotted on the Old Woodland trail near the golf course in Oak Ridge, N.J. 06/21/2016

 

OAK RIDGE — “Pedals,” the injured black bear who earned the nickname by walking upright, is alive and well after not being seen through much of the winter.

The bipedal bear, who has become a social media darling, was spotted on the Old Woodland trail near the golf course.

The beloved black bear was last seen Dec. 21 in West Milford and there was concern that he wouldn’t make it through the winter.

Recently, Lawrence Hajna, a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Agency’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, said there had been no reported sightings of him and asked the public for help.

In the latest video, the black bear appears to be in relatively good health and is moving briskly. At his last sighting, he was estimated to weigh approximately 350 pounds.

Pedals is walking on his two hind legs because of injuries to his front paws. Hajna said the black bear would adapt to the injury and that appears to be the case.

The black bear with the distinctive gait was first spotted in August. He’s missing part of his front, right leg and has an injured left front paw, authorities have said. The public immediately took to the wounded animal.

Kelcey Burguess, a black bear biologist with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, has said the bear most likely got hit by a car.

The public has placed numerous calls to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife expressing concern for the bear.

Last fall, there was an outcry for the black bear to be transferred to the Orphaned Wildlife Center in Otisville, New York. The sanctuary and rehab facility with experience in caring for black bears offered to build an enclosure designed specifically for the bear’s needs. A GoFundMe page raised nearly $28,000 to relocate Pedals.

 

But the Division of Fish and Wildlife refused to permit the black bear to be captured and transferred to the facility. At the time, Hajna said the black bear would do better in his natural habitat. He said if the bear’s condition deteriorates the agency would step in.

Hajna said the bear not only made it through last winter, but “we expect him to make it through this winter. The bear has an indomitable spirit.”

Article from.

http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2015/10/walking_bear_in_oak_ridge.html

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