Anti-Hunting Group Files Last Ditch Lawsuit to Stop NJ Bear Hunt

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New Jersey's planned black bear hunt is scheduled to start on Monday and animal rights groups are trying their hardest to stop the hunt. According to NJ.com the group behind this year's suit is the same group that successfully stopped New Jersey's 2007 hunt.

An animal rights activist who sued New Jersey on behalf of black bears in 2007 is going back to court to try to stop a scheduled bear hunt from starting Monday. An animal rights activist who sued New Jersey on behalf of black bears in 2007 is going back to court to try to stop a scheduled bear hunt from starting Monday.

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GooseHunter Jr's picture

I would think that the time

I would think that the time and money that these groups spend on stopping hunting...that it all could be put to use to help a cuase that might help the whole country or maybe they could do something to help there state in these harder times.

hawkeye270's picture

Well imagine that... an anti

Well imagine that... an anti hunting group trying to stop a well thought through and needed management tool just because it uses hunting to get the goal accomplished. This is just crazy and I hope what ever judge this goes in front of has more brains than the past judges that have cancelled hunts. I have not seen a single piece of good evidence to make me think that this hunt should not take place. Everything that I have read has pointed to the drastic need for a hunt in that state. And not just a one time hunt or one that has to go through all this political crap every year... there needs to be an annual hunt to help control that population. I can not remember which outdoor magazine ran the story after the first hunt in New Jersey since the 1970's but the statistics did not lie. There was a massive drop in human vs. bear conflicts the year after the hunt took place. If that is not enough proof of the benefits of a hunt than I do not know what it takes.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Well, hopefully the fact that

Well, hopefully the fact that the Environmental Commisioner already signed off n it will help in court.  I would think that he would know best, and know if it was "properly developed".  Funny thing is, even if they did "properly develop" it, you know that they would still try to stop it on other grounds.  They are flining arrows in the dark just hoping something will stick. Hopefully it will not.

Chuck-n-Alaska's picture

by cscott711 - 12/02/2010 -

by cscott711 - 12/02/2010 - 05:55

 "I'd love to see those anti's plan of keeping the population under control."

These people have a plan alright, it is to abolish consumptive use of wildlife. If they win we will learning a lot of ways to eat tofu.

cscott711's picture

I'd love to see those anti's

I'd love to see those anti's plan of keeping the population under control.  The reason they are opening the hunt is because of the increase in population.  Something has to be done.  Why does it always seem like it takes something extreme, like a kid playing in the back yard and getting attacked, to rattle these anti's cages.  Even then, they wouldn't be for this, they'd probably spin it somehow to blame the kid.  Anti's and hunters will never agree.  It will always be about who has more political pull and power.

ecubackpacker's picture

I knew it would happen.

I knew it would happen. Someone would try to spoil the conservation efforts put for by hunters and game managers. Hunters have provided the means for these bears to survive and thrive since the 1970's. If it wasn't for the hunters, then we wouldn't be having this article to post about. We want the best outcome/life for the game animals we hunt.
If game animals are hunted to keep their numbers in check using a sound quota system, then both parties involved benefit. The animals will remain healthy and not wonder from their natural environment in search of food. And the hunters get to enjoy the benefits of their efforts.
Hunters are conservationists and the activists are preservationists. We actually care about the well being of all game animals.