"As some of you may know, we have had a few bears visit the township this year," the alert from Chatham Township police said. "Unlike in past years, this year the bear sightings have caused a great deal of alarm amongst a number of our residents. As always, the Chatham Township Police Department and its members are committed to protecting our residents from harm, or fear of harm no matter how big or small.
"Unfortunately, bears that wander into the township present a unique challenge to our agency. Unless the bear is aggressive, enters a residence or causes substantial property damage, we are limited on what actions we can take.
"If you see a bear in your neighborhood, please contact the police. We will make every effort to coerce and harass the bear to move on to the next neighborhood and eventually into the next community.