NJ Officials: 589 Bears Killed In 6-Day Hunt

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey wildlife officials said Sunday that 589 bears were killed during the state’s six-day hunt this week.

The hunt, New Jersey’s first since 2005, is part of the state Department of Environmental Protection’s bear management policy.

Wildlife officials have said the hunt, which ended at dusk on Saturday, was needed to reduce a black bear population now thought to number about 3,400.

But opponents contend the policy was improperly developed.

Two animal rights groups — Animal Protection League and Bear Education and Resource Group — tried unsuccessfully to stop the hunt before it started.

But an appeals court refused to halt the hunt on Dec. 3, and the following day a judge acting on a petition to the state Supreme Court refused to grant an emergency stay. The lawsuit, which challenges the state’s bear management policy as improper, is continuing.

A similar challenge succeeded in 2007 and no hunt was held. An appeals panel found flaws with the management policy and ruled that the 2005 hunt should not have taken place.

Some 6,680 bear hunting permits were issued for this year’s hunt, with each hunter entitled to one bear regardless of age or gender. The DEP has estimated that as many as 700 bears will be killed overall.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Jim

    Are all of the protestors vegans? If they eat meat, maybe they should look at the countries slaughterhouses and see what they support when buying that meat… All of a sudden, hunting isn’t so inhumane, is it? I find it odd that people think most hunters are just looking for a trophy. Actually, the majority of hunters use the entire kill, or at least whatever’s useable. If you shop at your local supermarket, and you protested this hunt, you are a complete hypocrite, and simply put do not have the intelligence to be protesting anything.

  • HUGO

    Good job hunters. All the animal rights freaks this is wrong but they are misguided. May god save them.

  • BossCal

    Humans are not smarter than the average bear. Right Yogi?

  • linda

    new york is overpopulated should we have a human hunt to reduce it?

    • Nick

      Yes. Yes we should. Have all the welfare slimes wear antler hats during tax day. And all tax payers just have to show their tax returns to qualify for a license. It’ll do the human race good.

  • Bob

    I am all for hunting as long as it is controlled and YOU EAT THE MEAT! Hunting for sport should be illegal.

  • DanTe

    I saw the piddling handful of T ARDS protesting the hunt. They all look like they came from an autism home. But than, the autistics probably have a higher IQ.

  • chris

    The stupis liberals protesting in New Jersey never protest in Pennsylvania or New York ,where bear hunting has been in effect for years. In fact, the stupid buffoons protesting the right to gather your own food make my want to go on the hunt next year

  • Jim

    “Bear are people too”…. the statement proves that human stupidity is limitless

  • Barb Meade

    Hey stupid, bears are NOT people. What a terrible thing to hope for.

  • aldous huxley

    hope the bears took a few of the killers down with them … bears are people too, you know.

    • Sadik Kukaj

      hay if you think bears are people i think you are more stupid then the bear

      • aldous huxley

        LOL … if you didn’t realize that was a joke, then you’re dumber than a stick.

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