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.
It’s a wee bit early, but perhaps the recent warm spell has roused sleepy hungry bears and lured them from their winter dens.
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.
On Friday night a resident grabbed her video camera and caught an image of a bear chilling out in a tree. That same bear then outfoxed a bunch of police officers and is currently at large.
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.