And they will help themselves to seeds in a bird feeder or a squirrel's stash of nuts if they sniff it out.
The bears need to add fat to get through their winter denning period.
According to Patrick Carr, a Wildlife Biologist at the Division, black bears in New Jersey breed at roughly two to three years of age as compared to places such as Montana where the bears are five and six years before they breed.
This is due to the optimal food sources here in New Jersey. Bears that associate food with people may become aggressive and dangerous. If you are at close range, remain standing, avoid direct eye contact. Yell, bang pots, or use an airhorn to scare the bear away.
Although much of the bear's historical habitat has now been populated by humans, this ingenious animal has managed not only to survive but to thrive.
When they emerge in the spring in a fairly groggy state, they don't eat for about two to three weeks. That last month prior to denning they're consuming up to 20,000 calories a day.
They will need 50 to 60 pounds of fat to sustain them through the winter months.
If you have yet to see a black bear up close, you're missing an exquisite example of nature's beauty and majesty.
Here in the Skylands region of New Jersey some residents can catch a glimpse right in their own backyards.