State environmental officials said 285 bears were killed during the six-day hunt that ended on Saturday.
The six-day hunt aims to control the state’s black bear population, now estimated at about 2,900.
The shooting of a backyard bear in Windsor has renewed discussion of whether there should be a bear hunt in Connecticut.
Connecticut wildlife officials are drafting plans for a bear hunt lottery that would decide who gets to kill a limited number of bears.
Frank Annacone, 85, never imagined that a bear would move in with him. Annacone learned about his roommate yesterday from Dave Cornine, a Cablevision technician who had come over for a repair job in the basement.
Hunters killed 17 bears on Wednesday and 52 on Tuesday. That compares to 257 during the first day of the hunt on Monday.
The number of kills dropped sharply in the rain with hunters bagging 52 bruins on Tuesday. That’s down from 257 on the first day of the hunt Monday.
The state says it has to reduce the black bear population in because there are too many bear-human encounters. However, opponents argue it’s about trophies, rugs and politics.
Parts of Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic, Bergen, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties will be approved bear hunting grounds. Last year nearly 600 were killed during the hunt.
An appeals court turned down a challenge on Thursday from animal rights groups that the bear hunt plan was flawed.
An appeals panel is being asked to stop the annual black bear hunt, which is set to begin next week.
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.
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.
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