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Annual Bear Hunt

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Fredon, New Jersey (MY9NJ) - The snow that fell yesterday actually helped save some bears on the second day of the annual New Jersey bear hunt.

This year’s New Jersey bear hunt is the fourth year of what the Division of Fish and Wildlife calls a five-year management effort. Nearly 600 bears were killed four years ago, but less than 300 were killed last year. 92 bears were killed on the first day of this year’s bear season.

During the hunt, there were some protestors present who feel that bears tend to maintain and control their own population, and that the bear hunt isn’t necessary. Doris Lin, a bear hunt protestor, doesn’t see this as a means of population management at all, but as a sport. “The hunt is run by hunters for hunters. The Division of Fish and Wildlife is run by hunters, and this is a sport hunt. Plain and simple,” she said.

After next year’s hunt, the Division of Fish and Wildlife will be re-evaluating the whole basis of the management effort and the need for future bear hunts.

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