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New Jersey Begins Six-Day Black Bear Hunt

Monday, December 06, 2010

New Jersey's first black bear hunt in five years is underway. The state's Department of Environmental Protection says the hunt is part of a larger plan -- which includes public education, research and waste management -- to reduce the growing bear population and the number of complaints against them.

But Angie Metler, with the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, said killing bears won't solve any problems. "In Pennsylvania, just across the Delaware River, they've had record kills of bears in the last six out of seven years. The bear complaints are continuously rising, and the bear population is rising," she said.

Metler believes non-lethal measures like waste management are the answer. "Nationwide, studies have shown that non-lethal black bear management is the only solution that works in reducing bear complaints," she said.

The Animal Protection League of New Jersey and the Bear Education and Resource Group have filed a lawsuit to stop the hunt. The group was denied a temporary restraining order last week. An immediate appeal to the state Supreme Court is still pending.

According to the state DEP, the black bear population in northern New Jersey alone has grown to about 35,000 -- and the number of bear complaints exceeded 3,000 last year.

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Comments [4]

Susan from Queens, NY

If people with too much money and not enough taste didn't feel the need to build 4000 square foot McMansions in the woods that were previously the bear's living rooms, we probably would have less bear-human encounters.

Jan. 28 2011 02:25 PM
Lee

all of the bear hunt protesters probably have no clue of what it would be like to have a 400 lb or bigger black bear bust through ur house as an uninvited guest maybe the protesters should talk to those who have before they run their mouths . .. from Dingmans Ferry Pa. just over the bridge

Dec. 09 2010 06:55 PM
Phyllis Deal from Mercer County

The latest and most appalling black mark on this Governors record is the cold blooded murder of mother bears. Neither the lame "statistics of Mr. Martin nor the Department of Environmental Destruction can hide that this is a thank you to the governor's hunter friends who financed his campaign. This is not a hunt, it a butchery for trophys. Luring bears to their death by baiting the area with doughnuts is the depths of non-sportsmanship..
Bear- human contact has decreased since 2001 as non-lethal methods and deterants have been used. The blood of these innocent animals is on his hands and those of his hunter friends. A pox on both their houses!

Dec. 07 2010 10:52 PM
bobby from long island

All of natures animals are under attack because of human encroachment on their territories.Bears need ample protection with reserves that are strictly enforced.Maybe we should have bounty hunters and control this human population.

Dec. 07 2010 07:02 PM

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