“Bearly” believable! Bear walks upright like a human through New Jersey neighborhoods — but is it real?!

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NEW JERSEY (WITI) — What looks like a bear walking upright may have some New Jersey residents thinking they witnessed an absurdly human-like bruin — but one expert in the state isn’t buying it.

According to FOX6’s sister station, PIX11 in New York says Larry Ragonese — a spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says he’s watched footage posted to YouTube of the creature — and says it looks “sketchy” at best.

Ragonese says it is hard to tell “if it’s a real bear, or if it’s Photoshopped or a person in a costume.”

Videos show what appears to be a bipedal bruin (brown bear) walking on its hind legs as it wanders through New Jersey neighborhoods.

A voice in one video – echoed by comments below the YouTube posts – hypothesizes that the bear’s front paw, which looks as though it’s flopped in front, is injured thus necessitating it using its uninjured back legs to get around.

But Ragonese said that’s a stretch.

While it’s true that bears can stand up on their hind legs and that each bruin’s ability differs (one bear may be able to travel just a few feet walking upright, while another could go for a few yards), Ragonese said the creature in the video looks to be walking too erect and too well.

The videos have garnered tens of thousands of views — but Rangonese is warning everyone to be careful about treating this footage as though it were real.

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  • ecferris

    I grew up in that town and saw lots of bears, especially when there was no bear hunting season and the population grew. I don’t doubt that this is 100% real as many of my friends still living in the town have seen it and documented it since June.

  • woodlands wildlife refuge

    Unfortunately a lot of attention is being drawn to the injured bear that is walking on 2 legs in the area of Oak Ridge, NJ . Please do NOT draw more attention to this animal. This is NOT a JOKE. This is a real injured animal that has been monitored by wildlife officials for the past 6 weeks. We have seen this type of injury before and it can heal with time. This is a yearling bear that is independent and on his own. We have seen videos of the animal and he is in good physical condition. Observe from a safe distance and let us know if it is seen down on all 4’s or the condition worsens. Do NOT feed or approach this bear. Please keep your trash containers sealed so the bear is not tempted to take advantage of an easy meal. Providing food will only lead to a problem and worsen this animal’s situation.

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