05 Dec '11, 9pm

Green Blog: In New Jersey, Loaded for Bear

Associated Press A 651-pound black bear was weighed in by officials In Fredon, N.J., during last year’s hunt. New Jersey’s annual black bear hunt, which resumed last year after a five-year hiatus, began Monday morning and will continue until Saturday. About 6,400 people registered for this year’s hunt, and based upon the 2010 success rate, officials predict that the hunters will bag around 450 bears. Officials with the state Department of Environmental Protection say the hunt is needed to keep the bear population from growing, but environmental groups and others question that reasoning, arguing that the hunt is simply a recreational event. A lawsuit filed by environmentalists to block the event was rejected by a state appeals court last week. NJ.com reported that a hunter from Arizona had taken the first bear, a 166-pound female shot in the Delaware Water Gap National Recr...

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