See the update to this story below – this neighborhood visitor is still walking around but maybe not for long…
Originally posted 5-Aug 2014
I found myself taking the name of god in vain as I watched this video of a bear walking bipedally through a neighborhood in New Jersey. Bigfoot, indeed.
This video was shot in northern New Jersey at 5:45am on 8/4/14. The bear is considered a ‘bipedal bear’ by the way it walks on its hind legs. It seems that one of its front paws are injured, and it has learned to walk, extremely well, on its back legs.
Amazing. You can see it struggle on all fours and then adopt a two-footed gait. Therefore, a vertical walking bear is more plausible explanation than an unknown human-like primate to explain possible sightings of “Bigfoot”.
Tip: Matt Crowley
UPDATE (9-Oct 2015) This bear, now given the name “Pedals” is still visiting a New Jersey suburban neighborhood looking for food. Locals say his injury is taking a toll on his health as he is looking less fit and may have a hard time making it through this winter. They have raised $15,000 to place him in a wildlife center. But the state wildlife officials are not too keen on giving permission for it:
The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife is aware of the Orphaned Wildlife Center’s offer and is “reviewing the situation,” press officer Lawrence Hajna told ABC News today. He added that the division’s biologists have evaluated Pedals via photos and videos, and they believe “the bear is doing fine.”
“All injured bears compensate in their own way to find food and survive and this bear is no exception,” the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement. “Injured wild animals should be given every opportunity to survive on their own in the wild.”
They acknowledge that Pedals is obtaining food from humans and warn that people shouldn’t feed him. They would prefer he move back into the wooded area for natural food. But at this point, is that feasible? With an offer to care for him, it’s odd that this would be rejected. Not taking action may result in an unfortunate encounter if not death for the bear.