Animal Activists Fighting To Stop Annual NJ Black Bear Hunt

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The fight to stop New Jersey’s upcoming bear hunt returns to court Tuesday.

An appeals panel is being asked to stop the annual black bear hunt, which is set to begin next week.

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Animal activists say New Jersey’s Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, which includes the annual hunt, is flawed.

“The black bear policy is full of scientific flaws, self-contradictions and outright fabrications,” said Doris Lin, director of legal services for the Bear Education and Resource Group. “The lawsuit is not about philosophical objections to hunting; it’s about integrity and science, both of which are missing from the policy.”

The state says the hunt is needed to control the black bear population. Hunters killed 592 black bears last year, the first hunt the state’s held in five years.

Bears have been spotted in 19 of the state’s 21 counties this year.

Besides a hunt, the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy developed by the Division of Fish and Wildlife includes education, a bear feeding ban and aversive conditioning.

The six-day hunt is scheduled to begin Monday.

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  • NoBear Hunt

    Nearly 400,000 people killed in motor vehicle accidents in the last 10 years in the US, That’s about 40,000 Dead People per year. How many people were killed by black bears last year or in the last 10 years? Why do we need to kill bears? People are doing an excellent job of killing each other on the roads, why aren’t we more concerned about that?

  • bobby


  • DanTe

    Now this is a laugh. The same stupid saggy c\/nt’s posting here under different c\/nt names.

    Here’s a hint: if you have to LIE to make your point, you have NO point.

  • Valerie

    Jean was 100% correct above. I lived in Jefferson Townshp for years. The bears wandered into our yard many times. They were never aggressive towards any of us. My ex husband was in the garage one evening and two large bears were standing near the garage door entrance just staring in at him. They never approached him and when he made some noise with a shovel they ran like hell. They were afraid of him. This hunt is nothing but a trophy hunt for the hunters.

  • DanTe

    Why is it that only stupid saggy c\/nts are “activists”?

  • Barbara

    In New Jersey, the Definition of Animal: Includes the whole brute creation.
    Statute Summary: A person commits the crime of cruelty to animals if the person: overdrives, overloads, overworks, tortures, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, carries in a cruel manner, abandons a sick or disabled animal, cruelly beats or otherwise abuses, needlessly mutilates, or kills a living animal.

    And killing an animal should be a crime! But it is fine for hunters to kill a bear or a deer to hang a trophy on their wall. This is so sad and cruel, especially in this day and age.

    • Shawn Ryu

      You are an idiot.

  • Julie OConnor

    This is all about the money. This is NOT about science. The Div. of Fish and Wildlife is direclty involved with the hunting lobby. They have ties to the ammunition makers, the outdoor/sporting goods shops, etc. Don’t forget about the hunting license money they receive to keep their agency running, The proof is that they will not enforce the trash rules- therefore, they don’t care about bear-human conflict. They care about the green. I hope the lawsuit succeeds.

  • Lamont Wayans

    It’s ‘bears of color’, NOT ‘black bears’!

  • G-Man

    Last I heard, Bears don’t pay mortgages or taxes. They also really don’t belong in the suburbs of BosWash. That still gives them large parts of about 46 states (I’m completely excluding RI, CT, NJ & DE) to roam around in.

  • Cristina

    This is a waste of judicial resources. The State of NJ, DEP and Fish & Game drafted the comprehensive Black Bear Management Hunt based on science and facts. I have yet to read one piece of science or fact that shows that there are other options besides what has been proposed. The majority of what is put out there by the groups and individuals who have filed the suits and voiced their opinions are just that… emotionally based opionions. It is not the nature of the management hunt to wipe out the bears in NJ, it is to control the population. A 6 day managed hunt is the most effective use of resources.

  • Jean

    I’m not a radical animal activist but this just makes me crazy. Residents are all up in arms because they have seen bears in their backyards and even in their kitchens. When you encroach on their living area and destroy their habitat, they’re going to do whatever is necessary to survive. You move into bear country, you have to deal with it. Humans do not have the right to live wherever they feel like it and destroy the wildlife that was there first. Anyone seen a buffalo lately? How would youlike it if someone took up residence in your living room, ate your food and pretty much kicked you and your family out of the home you’ve lived in for years? That’s what the bears feel like

    • Nick

      Hey Jean. You’re 100% RIGHT. The rathole you’re squatting in was Once Wild! Move out. Return it to Nature. You have No Right to be there.

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