Video Appears to Show Bear Walking on Hind Legs in NJ | NBC4 Washington

Video Appears to Show Bear Walking on Hind Legs in NJ

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    People in one New Jersey town were surprised when they saw a black bear taking a stroll down the street on its hind legs earlier this week.

    A resident in Jefferson Township posted a video to YouTube showing the bear lumbering upright to the end of a cul-de-sac, peering inside a trash can and then venturing off into the woods.

    The video has been viewed more than 250,000 times.

    "It probably is a black bear," said Larry Ragonese, press director for New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He said there's no way to fully authenticate the video.

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    Ragonese said bears can walk on two legs, although they usually don't for extended periods. 

    A biologist who examined the video said the bear could have damaged a front paw, requiring it to walk on two legs, Ragonese said.

    Neighbors left comments on the video saying that they too had seen the bear pull the stunt recently.