Animal Activists Try to Stop New Jersey's Black Bear Hunt
New Jersey's second black bear season is set to start December 5th. Animal rights groups are trying to make sure that season doesn't take place. Last year was the first black bear hunt in 5 years, and there was conflict last year as well. Animal rights activists claim the management plan does not use enough science and is very contradictory.
"The black bear policy is full of scientific flaws, self-contradictions and outright fabrications," said Doris Lin, director of legal services for the BEAR Group. "The lawsuit is not about philosophical objections to hunting; it's about integrity and science, both of which are missing from the policy."
Last year 6,680 bear hunting permits were issued, and hunters could harvest one bear regardless of age or gender. 592 bears were harvested in 2010. The Department of Environmental Protection has the right to stop the hunt whenever a certain number of bears are harvested. Other areas of the black bear management plan include education, banning the feeding of bears, and conditioning bears to stay away from humans. The six day bear season falls during the rifle deer season and is allowed north of Interstate 78 and west of Interstate 287. From The Republic.