TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — New Jersey’s bear hunt can go on as scheduled on Monday,

An appeals court turned down a challenge on Thursday from animal rights groups that the bear hunt plan was flawed.

1010 WINS’ Steve Sandberg reports

The activists said they will take their fight to the State Supreme Court.

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New Jersey’s hunt last year was the first in five years.

Nearly 600 bears were killed.

The state said the six-day hunt is needed to keep the black bear population under control. Officials estimate there are about 3,400 black bears in the state.

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