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.
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.
When asked whether they approved of a bear hunting season for New Jersey, 49 percent of respondents said they did and 33 percent disapproved. Another 18 percent said they were undecided.
The small male was estimated at about 150 pounds and was caught in a special trap that was set in the woods in Armonk.
Too close for comfort. Residents of one New Jersey town said they’re used to seeing black bears near their homes, but not like this.