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    Bear-resistant trash cans being provided for 6 New Jersey towns

    By Lauren Due,


    There are some new steps being taken in several New Jersey towns to prevent bear encounters as black bears are emerging this time of year.

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says it has secured a contract with a company that will provide nearly 3,000 certified bear-resistant residential trash cans for distribution in Sparta, West Milford, Jefferson, Rockaway, Hardyston and Hampton.

    MORE: Multiple bear sightings reported in Park Ridge, police say

    According to the NJDEP, those are six municipalities with elevated numbers of bear incident reports. News 12 was told those municipalities will receive the trash cans and then they are responsible for distribution. The start date should be by the end of the month.

    News 12 wants to help you be bear aware. CLICK HERE for tips to help prevent bears from getting too close to your home.

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