Despite attempts by animal rights activists to halt and end the 2011 bear season in New Jersey, the state is going forward with the hunt starting today. The area that is open for bear hunting is about a 1,000 square miles, with an estimated population of 3,400 black bears in the small state, giving it one of the densest bear populations in the nation. Most if not all of the counties have reported bears.
Last year 20% of the bears harvested were bears that had been marked as nuisance bears. Each licensed hunter is allowed to harvest one black bear, and must register it at a check station. The season ends December 10th, coinciding with the firearm deer season.
Activists are now back at court trying to get rights to hold protests at a Franklin check station in Sussex County. From WPIX11.com .