Wildlife Management Committee
Chair: Karl Meister
Members: Chris Allyn, Jack Clackworthy, Betsy Holdsworth, Karl Meister, Al Remmey, Hal Scaff, Roberta Shields, Marshall Bartlett (TC Liaison), Gail McKane (Administrator), Kevin Gaffney (Police Liaison)
Black Bears Seeking Fall Food (22-Sep-2011)
The DEP is advising residents and outdoor enthusiasts in North Jersey, especially in areas regularly frequented by black bears, to strictly adhere to guidelines for eliminating or securing potential black bear food sources during the fall period when bears feed extensively to build fat layers for hibernation.
Black bears may be especially on the hunt this season for high calorie foods, such as food scraps in household trash and bird seed from outdoor bird feeders, due to localized scarcities of acorns and other tree nuts, which are an important black bear food source known as ‘‘mast.‘‘ Mast production, especially the acorn crop, is typically cyclical, and this year's scarcity follows two very plentiful mast years. Factors such as gypsy moth infestation, spring frost, excessive spring rain and humidity influence the natural mast production cycle.
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Township Offices Closed
Harding Township Municipal Offices PO Box 666, 21 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon, NJ 07976Phone: 973-267-8000 Fax: 973-267-6221
Harding Township Police Department PO Box 246, 21 Blue Mill Road, New Vernon, NJ 07976Phone: (non-emergency) 973-455-0500 (emergency) 911 Fax: 973-455-1135