Teddy Bear News
280 bears killed in New Jersey bear hunt
Author: teddygirl | Tuesday December 20, 2005
New Jersey had a second black bear hunt for 6 days in the beginning of December 2005; the first hunt was in 2003. More than 4,000 permits were issued for the hunt.
Animal rights groups had tried to delay the hunt, but the courts ruled against them. The state’s black bear management plans recommend hunts in 2006 or 2007.
Black bears were close to extinction, but now state biologists estimate there are 2,000 to 3,000 bears in the state. Some residents have complained of bears and said they are a nuisance.
If people are going to live in bears’ territory, they need to be educated on how to deal with bears. New Jersey’s Division of Fish and Wildlife believes the hunt is the only way to deal with the issue.
More than 100 protestors were present in the area where hunters brought their trophy dead bears to be weighed.