Bear attacks Boy Scout leader in New Jersey; 3 Scouts unharmed

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ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. — Officials say a Boy Scout leader was injured during an encounter with a bear in northern New Jersey, but three Scouts with him were unharmed.

Rockaway Township Mayor Michael Dachisen says the attack occurred around noon Sunday at Split Rock Reservoir in the Morris County community.

A Boy Scout called police saying his Scout leader was attacked by a bear when he was going inside a cave, officials said. The four were hiking in the area.

Police were able to locate the Scouts and their leader through GPS tracking on the Scout's cellphone.

The Scout leader was flown to a hospital for treatment of injuries that are not considered life-threatening. Further information on his condition was not immediately available.

The three Scouts were rescued by searchers.

It's not clear what prompted the attack, which is under investigation by the state's Environmental Protection Department.