Five police officers were dispatched to the area near the North Wall Little League complex late Wednesday afternoon responding to a reported bear sighting.
Police extensively searched the area around 5:18 p.m. but did not find a bear, which a witness described as standing about 4-feet tall with black fur, Sgt. Steven Wolter said.
Wall Township is considered a bear habitat by the New Jersey Division of Fish & Game and although they are rare, bear encounters are possible, Wolter said.
If you encounter a bear, do not approach it. Most bears will naturally shy away from people, Wolter said. Contact police immediately at (732) 449-4500.