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Bear walks upright in NJ

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Video posted to YouTube by someone in Jefferson Township, N.J., showed a black bear walking around the neighborhood on its hind legs.

The bear looks like a human from the distance as it checks out a garbage can outside a house.

It's not uncommon for bears to walk on their hind legs after injuries to their front paws, according to wildlife experts.

The Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey was concerned about the publicity the video was getting.

In a message on its Facebook page it wrote: "Please do NOT draw more attention to this animal. This is NOT a JOKE. This is a real injured animal that has been monitored by wildlife officials for the past 6 weeks. We have seen this type of injury before and it can heal with time. This is a yearling bear that is independent and on his own. We have seen videos of the animal and he is in good physical condition. Observe from a safe distance and let us know if it is seen down on all 4's or the condition worsens."

They ask that if you come across the bear, do not feed it or approach it. They also ask people to keep their trash containers sealed so the bear is not tempted to search it for food.

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