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Bear, Sitting On A Downed Tree, Seen In Wall; No Gorilla

He thought he saw a gorilla.

Nah, just a bear.

Wall Township Patrol Officers responded to Allaire State Park on Atlantic Avenue after a bicyclist reported seeing what he believed was a gorilla sitting on a downed tree along one of the trails.

The cyclist, Michael Dugan of Summit, took several photographs which were turned over to police. Upon review of the photographs, it appears that the gorilla may have been mistaken for a bear.

The animal was not aggressive towards Dugan. The photographs and this agency’s findings were turned over to Officer Rahmin Ghaffari of the N.J. Parks Police for further investigation.   

john May 27, 2014 at 09:34 PM
Maybe someone should check my Dugan for drugs. Really Dude, a gorilla in Wall? If your eyes didn't tell you it wasn't a gorilla maybe your mind or the pics you took should have.
Dame Bridgid May 28, 2014 at 03:01 AM
Absolutely pitiful...Third generation apartment dwellers who cannot even tell the difference between a NJ black bear that BELONGS in those woods, and a gorilla (native to Africa)! This clueless bicyclist was lucky he did not annoy that bear earlier in the Spring. They are grumpy right after hibernation, and dangerous when they have cubs to protect. I almost went nose to nose with a bear like this one while camping. Got within 3 feet. I backed off quickly and quietly to get out of it's way, while some crazy part of my brain kept marveling at just how big that critter's nose was! Maybe they should start actually teaching children about the wildlife that lives in NJ again...That where I learned what a bear looked like! Great comment, Snow! Made me laugh while I wait for the dog to come in after scaring away the pink elephants! Actually; we have a coyote who comes by nightly, trying to hunt the rabbits under our pine tree. Lucky for me our husky dog is too big to be coyote prey or I would be out walking that pooch on a lead!
Penn Cross May 30, 2014 at 02:49 PM
If anyone's interested, the latest issue of the Coast Star has one of the photos that Mr. Dugan took of the animal. The pic is fuzzy. It doesn't look much like a gorilla or a bear, in my opinion.
Dame Bridgid June 02, 2014 at 08:56 AM
I agree with john...I think Mr Dugan was also "fuzzy" <wink>. Especially since he was looking at this critter live! I could tell what a bear looks like when I encountered mine at twilight. This was in broad daylight. They are really big animals. I found out they also have a very strong scent.

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