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New Jersey to Hold Black Bear Hunt in December

Monday, November 15, 2010

Next month, New Jersey will hold its first black bear hunt in five years. The state's Department of Environmental Protection says the black bear population in northern New Jersey is about 3,500 — and decade ago, that number was under 1,000. DEP Spokesman Larry Ragonese said New Jersey received more than 3,000 bear complaints last year, ranging from minor nuisance calls to aggressive behavior.

"We are seeing many more bear-human interactions, troubling situations of bears breaking into homes, attacking livestock, and bears disrupting things," he said. The hunt, he said, is part of a larger, comprehensive plan that includes garbage management, research, and public education.

But others say the hunt isn't needed to solve the state's problem. Dorin Lin, with the Bear Education and Resource Group, said it's cruel, dangerous to humans, and ultimately, ineffective. "Information from all over North America shows that hunting does not reduce bear complaints," she said. "Actually, the only thing that does reduce bear complaints is non-lethal management." Lin recommends greater enforcement of what she calls common-sense measures, like using bear-proof garbage containers, and hanging bird feeders out of the reach of bears.

Doctor Edward Tavvs, from Rutgers University, doesn't question that the bear population in New Jersey is on the rise — but he does dispute the science behind the data collection of bear complaints and the state's justification for the hunt. He said many of the complaints were duplicated in the recent count, skewing the results.

Tavvs conducted his own research into the issue, and said national studies have shown that non-lethal measures are more effective — and that's proven true in New Jersey. "We're doing very well in New Jersey, we are a model state," he said. He recommends continued garbage control, and greater enforcement of it.

Ragonese defended the state's methods of monitoring and tracking complaints and disputed Tavv's claim that hundreds of complaints were duplicated. Out of last year's 3,000 complaints, he said, 255 were serious incidents, including reports of bears attacking pets and attempted home entry.

New Jersey's six-day bear hunt begins on December 6 and runs through December 11.

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Catherine Ottilio-Maggio from Tenafly, New Jersey

Perhaps if the hunters were the hunted, and they were killed while looking for food, innocently and helplessly and then perhaps if the hunters heads and bodies were stuffed and placed in "trophy": rooms.. they might feel a little of the great pain that the deer and bear feel, when they are shot, and when their families are left behind to see them suffer and die.

The inhumanity of humans and the heartlessness of their decisions for those that are innocent and helpless is shocking.

Nov. 29 2011 08:10 AM
Greg from Chatham

Wild meat?
BEAR?

There are far too many HUMANs!

Shall we hunt THEM?

Who the BFF eats bears?
Of course we could send the bear paws to our Chinese landlords.

How about a lottery...

We could select HUMANS with a lottery and hunters could shoot HUMANs.
We could pray Dick Cheney would be our first "trophy"!

That is one "sustainable" answer.
Breeding HUMANs unchecked is certain suicide.

In a few hundred years none of this will matter when Manhattan is under seawater!

Dec. 09 2010 12:01 PM
Mike Simoes

There are Laws in New Jersey about Feeding Bear. The people that do this should be ticketed because when a bear kills there Kids pets. They are the first ones to say Kill that bear. Wate till one comes into there home its no joke.

Dec. 08 2010 02:30 AM
JOE FROM PA from IN THE WOODS OF PA

Pa has held a bear hunt for a number of years. It is not just killing bears it helps control them. The people that do not want the hunt are the 1st people that would sue the state when a bear attacks and kills their poddle.If we allow no hunt then we become overrun and attacks will happen. People feeding the bears should be jailed and fined and made work picking up bear messes for 5 years.

Dec. 06 2010 08:38 PM
Daniela

I feel it is dispicable!!! SHAME ON YOU
GOVERNOR CHRISTI AND YOUR
ALLIES WHO ARE DOING THIS FOR SPORT-ALSO ,I ENCOURAGE EVERY ONE WHO IS SICKENED ,ANGRY,AND
HEARTBROKEN SHOULD FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL-WHO IS PROFITING??LOBBYIST'S? REAL ESTATE/CONTRACTORS ? DONATORS TO THE GOVERNOR,AND THE DPA,EPA ??
WE,THE PEOPLE SHOULD INVESTIGATE THIS.THERE HAVE BEEN 1 OR 2 PEOPLE KILLLED BY A BLACK BEAR IN 100 YEARS!!!WHY
,AND WHAT IS THE REAL REASON AND TRUTH BEHIND KILLING BEARS,THEIR CUBS,AND LETTING THEM BLEED TO DEATH,IF THEY RUN FAST ENOUGH TO TRY TO ESCAPE THIS MASSACRE WITH THEIR BLOOD FLOWING OUT OF THEM FOR DAYS,EVEN WEEKS.WHAT IS THE REAL PURPOSE??HUNTERS ARE COWARDS TRYING TO PROVE THEY ARE MEN-I THINK YOU AND ALL THE POLITICIANS WHO AGREE
WITH YOU ARE CRUEL,HEARTLESS,
TRASH,AND HOPEFULLY WILL BE PUNISHED BY BEING
INVESTIGATED FULLY,AND THE HUNTERS SHOULD PRAY TO GOD FOR FORGIVENESS-WHAT YOU DO,WILL COME BACK TO YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN-YOU SHOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT KILLING AND WHAT LIFE MEANS-PRAY THAT YOUR CHILDREN WON'T END UP BEING MURDRERS LIKE THEIR FATHERS,OR KILLED BY SOMEONE WHO ALSO HAS NO VALUE FOR LIFE.

Dec. 01 2010 04:59 PM
Marilyn Wehnert from Sussex County NJ

Shame, Shame. Too bad money received from the State can't be used for the purpose at hand. Pay someone to travel around Northern NJ on scheduled garbage pick up dates. You will see plastic bags garbage cans without secured lids and a number of violations concerning proper handling of garbage. Think of all the money the State could receive back from the violators, who complain about the bears. Money would be well spent to educate these people instead of classes on how to kill the beautiful animals we love to see in Sussex County. Please stop the needless bear hunt and put someone to work. There are other sports where trophys are handed out. How about the officer that was recently killed when checking out a hunting area. Do we all have to watch out for the hunters. Maybe the State could build special Target areas for people who have hunting equipment. Set a fee and give awards for the top shooters. Have tournaments, like we do for bowling and many other sports. Just a suggestion. Please stop the bear hunt.

Nov. 16 2010 07:38 PM
Herb Skovronek from Morris Plains, NJ

I guess I need to start by pointing out I, too, am a Ph. D. Chemist, and a hack for animal rights. But please note that no one, not the hunters, not the Governor, not the DEP has offered any rebuttal for the gross inaccuracies found in the DEP's bear complaints. The DEP complaint record is false. Why? That's another question.

Yes, the bear population is increasing. But the DEP's Fish and Wildlife Division has been warning that a hunt is necessary for many years, even when their own numbers said bear population was less than 1000! Where are their facts???

There is bear hunting in 29 states. Have any of these reached the point where killing is no longer needed? NO! It's a trophy hunt, period!

Nov. 15 2010 07:03 PM
RyanJ from NYC

The author clearly states that Miss Lin is with the Bear Education and Resource Group, which would obviously lobby for and support the rights of bears (primarily). Miss Lin's vegetarianism and advocation of that dietary lifestyle has no plac ein this discussion and is irrelevant to the article at hand.
Furthermore, the author says that professor Tavvs "conducted his own research into the issue" so it is inconsequential that he is a chemistry professor, anyone can conduct their own research regardless of their background. The author provided a balanced and fair assessment of the situation getting the side or the NJDEP and the side of the those against their actions.
Clearly killing the bears will not solve the problem at hand. The bears are attracted to the easy meals provided by unsecured garbage. The resurgence of bear population is a testament to the hard work of government, the public, and industry working together to clean up our environment and make it habitable for the animals we displaced. killing them would only set back the progress made by everyone. A better solution would be learning to live with nature instead of killing it when it becomes inconvenient.

Nov. 15 2010 07:00 PM
elaine dunn from bloomingdale nj 07403

I am a bear educator for the NJ BEAR RESOURCE and EDUCATION GROUP. A bear hunt is unecessary and incredibly inhumane. It appeases people that enjoy killing for sport. Bears wander through neighborhoods looking for easy meals left in unsecured garbages and bird feeders. One hundred so called bear complaints could be over the same bear frequenting the neighborhood. Bear sightings and complaints drop when people are more responsible with the attractants they leave around for the bears to munch on !

Nov. 15 2010 11:50 AM
JanMullin

This is pathetic reporting. Why don't you seek out comments from experts. Doris Lin is a vegetarian, actively promotes vegetarianism and is an animal rights person. Tavvs is a chemistry professor and has no background in bear or bear biology. He's a hack for the animal rights groups. Why not do some research and give your readers the quality reposting they deserve.

Nov. 15 2010 08:26 AM

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