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.

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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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