The orphaned 3-week-old bear cubs have been named Mike and Ike after the candy theme this year at Woodlands Wildlife Refuge in Pittstown.
The state Division of Fish & Wildlife’s website showed that more than half of the bears were shot in Sussex County, where hunters harvested 146 bruins.
The last of five state-sponsored bear hunts aimed at reducing the bruin population and increasing public safety began 30 minutes before sunrise Monday and will continue through Saturday.
It was an absolute shock when a black bear killed a hiker in West Milford in September.
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife said that there is work to be done as the black bear population continues to expand and increase throughout the state.
West Milford police responded to the home and were forced to euthanize the mother because her tags showed that she had broken into houses in the past.
Keeping accurate count of New Jersey’s black bears can take some time, especially with new moms and cubs hibernating a little longer than the rest.
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.
To curb the problem bear traps have been set in the woods where bears have been known to roam, but some residents said that the return of the bears is no big deal.
State environmental officials said 285 bears were killed during the six-day hunt that ended on Saturday.
Black bears thrive in the wooded areas of northwest part of the Garden State. But more and more of them are being spotted in local neighborhoods, feasting on whatever they can find.
An appeals court turned down a challenge on Thursday from animal rights groups that the bear hunt plan was flawed.
New Jersey wildlife officials say black bears are entering their most active period of the year as they search for food and mates.