Authorities in New Jersey said a mother bear and her cubs wandered through a town without any serious incidents.

Animal control officer Debbie DeLucca said the bears were first spotted in Wayne by paramedics at St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital at about 9:13 a.m. Monday and they were being followed by police when they crossed the campus of William Paterson University, reported Tuesday.

Police Capt. Paul Ireland said two officers followed the bears to make sure residents kept a safe distance away from the animals. He said officers herded the bears away from the university and kept them safe from traffic.

The bears were last spotted in the town at about 1:45 p.m. Monday. They are believed to have returned to the woods, authorities said.