Fewer people have been issued permits for this year’s black bear hunt in New Jersey compared with last year.
For the fourth year in a row, the New Jersey black bear hunt was set to get under way next week.
New Jersey was gearing up this weekend for its fourth state-sanctioned bear hunt.
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.