This Golf Course Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against This Bear and her Cubs

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 2, 2024

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Two black bears grazing of dandelions on a mountain golf course, nature background
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Typically, when we think of wild animals, we think of seeing them in the wild. Perhaps on a hunting trip, going hiking, or taking a safari trip in Africa. But, as we well know, wild animals don’t just know the bounds of the wild. They often cross over into our neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Let’s see the most unlikely place this bear was seen in the video above.

Black Bear Family Seen in New Jersey

The short YouTube video clip shown at the beginning of this blog post takes us to New Jersey. This is where a black mama bear and her cubs are seen. The Newsflare YouTube page picked up on this video and just had to share it with their followers. Newsflare shares various content, such as breaking news, entertainment, and animals.

New Golfers on This Golf Course

At the start of the video, we see the filmmaker keeping his distance. He zooms in so we can see what is happening on this golf course up ahead. There is a massive mother bear with her young cubs in tow. 

The National Park Service shares that “A mother bear will typically give birth to one to three cubs at a time.” Well, this mother bear is breaking all records and has four cubs with her.

Two of the cubs march ahead of the mother and enter the forest nearby. The other two can’t help but be enthralled by the flagstick. As they stop to play with it, one of the cubs ahead quickly runs back because he wants to have some fun, too. 

How Many Black Bears Are in New Jersey?

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Black bears are omnivore eaters.

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The black bear (Ursus americanus), commonly the North American black bear, is in North America. There are 800,000 members remaining in their population. According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, estimates place 3,158 bears in the state of New Jersey alone. 

In consideration of how high their population numbers are overall, it might seem that 3,000+ is not that many. However, New Jersey has shown that black bears are thriving in their state. And they have been spotted in all 21 of their counties. 

And we guess this mother black bear and her cubs are going to try to make their appearance on all golf courses in this New Jersey city. The only danger these courses face is these vicious, playful cubs ripping up their flagsticks. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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