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New Jersey Bear Hunt Possible for December

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

New Jersey's Fish and Game Council has approved a six-day bear hunt, but one more hurdle remains before hunters can take to the woods.

The council says the bear population is growing too fast and so it's calling for a six day hunt this December. It's the third year in a row it's approved a hunt.

In 2003, 328 bears were shot in the state's first hunt in 33 years. But last year the hunt was blocked in court by Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley Campbell. But lately Campbell has indicated that he may approve a hunt this year, as long as it's part of a wider plan to stem the bear birthrate.

A few days ago authorities killed two bears in Sussex county. One had invaded a home and another was menacing a campsite.

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