Bear Education and Resource Group
The six-day hunt aims to control the state’s black bear population, now estimated at about 2,900.
The Animal Protection League of New Jersey and the Bear Education and Resource Group challenged the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, which includes an annual hunt.
An appeals panel is being asked to stop the annual black bear hunt, which is set to begin next week.
For the first time in five years hunters were out in the wilds of Northwestern New Jersey helping state biologists thin what they say is an exploding bear population.
Supreme Court Justice Edwin Stern turned down a request by The Animal Protection League of New Jersey and the Bear Education and Resource Group to stop the six-day hunt.
Animal rights activists are petitioning New Jersey’s highest court and appealing to Governor Christie to block a black bear hunt scheduled to begin Monday.
Animal rights activists who sued New Jersey on behalf of black bears in 2007 are going back to court to try to stop a scheduled bear hunt from starting Monday.