NJ Bear Hunt Winding Down and Protesters Winding Up
While a successful New Jersey bear hunt comes to a close Saturday evening, it appears that there will be more protesters and litigation ahead. According to NorthJersey.com with just two days left in the season the state is allowing 30 protesters at one checking station on Friday and up to 160 protesters at the same station on Saturday.
A court-mediated agreement to do so ended a lawsuit by the Englishtown-based Animal Protection League, which claimed that the 25-person limit violated its Constitutional rights of assembly and free speech. “It would have severely infringed on our first amendment rights,” said Doris Lin, lawyer for the animal rights group. Meanwhile, the activist Animal Protection League and the West Milford-based Bear Education and Resource Group are in continued litigation challenging the legality of the state’s Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, Lin said.