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Cat 1, Bear 0 In New Jersey

At least one bear in suburban northern New Jersey doesn't want to know Jack.

Jack is a ten-year-old orange-and-white tabby. And when the cat spotted the bear in a neighbor's yard in West Milford, the clawless kitty took action.

The bear scurried up a tree on Sunday and eyed the cat for ten to 15 minutes, while Jack stared and hissed from the ground. The bruin inched its way down before jumping off and running away.

But Jack chased the bear into the brush and up another tree.

That's when Jack's owner realized what was happening and called her cat. The bear took off as Jack rubbed up against its owner and the neighbors.

Jack's owner, Donna Dickey, tells The Newark Star-Ledger Jack considers the area his turf and doesn't want anyone in his yard.

West Milford is about 40 miles from New York City, on the New York-New Jersey border.

In recent weeks, bears have entered other yards in the Oranges, suburbs of Newark, N.J., about 30 miles to the south of West Milford.

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