The six-day hunt aims to control the state’s black bear population, now estimated at about 2,900.
The Animal Protection League of New Jersey and the Bear Education and Resource Group challenged the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, which includes an annual hunt.
As of Friday night, 410 bears have been harvested during the hunt’s first five days.
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.
The hunt is on for a sexual predator in Queens. The NYPD released a sketch of a man who, they said, attacked a woman Tuesday morning in Jamaica.