- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

POHATCONG TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey man is accused of concocting a story that he was attacked by a bear, wasting emergency and wildlife resources for hours.

Fifty-seven-year-old Jeffrey Wilson was charged Tuesday with providing false information to law enforcement. Authorities say the Pohatcong Township resident called authorities reporting a 500-pound black bear ran up to him and started swatting at him.

Police say they found Wilson bleeding from the left arm and he told officers the bear fled into a cornfield.

But investigators determined that Wilson’s injuries weren’t from a bear. They say the injuries were from a non-related accident that happened the night before.

Police say it’s unclear what the motive behind the fabricated story was.

Wilson’s telephone was disconnected.


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