R.I.P., New Jersey Bears

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Baby bears = considerably less threatening.
Yesterday marked the first day of New Jersey's infamous bear hunt, which annually disturbs both people and bears. Jersey wildlife officials have announced that 257 black bears have been killed already. The first was a 166-pound female shot by a man from Arizona; the second was a 205-pound male bear shot by two New Jersey teens. (There are photos of the sad, dead bears. They are not adorable.)

Last year 592 bears were killed in the six-day hunt; state officials see no reason to anticipate anything very different this year.

As for why all the killing, and at holiday time, no less: Officials have been concerned for a while about New Jersey's bear population. (They estimate that some 3,400 bears are running around.) However, those who don't approve of bear killing think it's cruel (the pictures don't look "nice," exactly) and that the state isn't managing the bear population properly.

Jersey friends: Avoid donning any fur for a week or so.

257 Bears Killed on First Day of Hunt [NBC NY]

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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Saul
Saul

It's interesting to me how people will become outraged by hunting a specific animal but they have no problem eating meat everyday. So it's 'bear season' how is that any different from Elk, Deer or fishing season? Perhaps it will satiate people's view of the activity a little if NJ made it a rule that you have to take your kill to a butcher to have it properly cut so they know it's not just a massacre.

Steve Ember
Steve Ember

Do the Math. There are over 8.6 Million humans and less than 1,000 humans in NJ. Who is overpopulated?This is a canned hunt as the hunting agency (Fish and Wildlife) provides their favored hunters with the GPS coordinates of the Bears. Most Bears are murdered in their dens especially mothers and cubs. Then, their gall bladders are sold on the Black Market for a high price. Also, the taxpayers subsidize the extermination at $2 Million annually.To support a management program which is rationale, ethical, cost-effective, and scientific, please join the BEAR Group.  www.savenjbears.com

WI hunter
WI hunter

Does anyone not think that people enjoy eating bear? Its delicious! This is a hilarious article, to those shooting the bears, congrats on the kill! Its better to see the two young guys out legally hunting than commiting crimes or doing drugs. And to those who are complaining, you would not like it here (WI) one bit if you are worried about a couple bears.  Again congrats to all the successful hunters. It may be the begining of a long tradition for you and your families with great stories to tell throughout the years!

Steve Ember
Steve Ember

Do the math. There are over 8.6 Million humans in NJ and less than 1000 Bears. Who is overpopulated?Please the support the BEAR Group so we can implement a rational, cost-effective, scientific management program in NJ.  www.savenjbears.com

CathyMcCartney
CathyMcCartney

This is a recreational trophy hunt disguised as 'wildlife management.' The NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife is a state-sanctioned hunting club, who will do and say anything to promote trophy hunting, including refusing to enforce garbage control, and lying about nuisance complaints.  Black bears are gentle and timid animals. When frightened, their instinct is to run and climb a tree. They are not overpopulated, but have slowly recovered from being wiped out by trophy hunting in the 70's. They are among the slowest reproducing mammals in North America. 

If you would like to help protect them, please visit New Jersey's Bear Education And Resource Group at: www.SaveNJBears.comYour for New Jersey's Black Bears,Cathy McCartneyBEAR Group Co-Chair

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Kinda hoping you get shot while hunting.

wi hunter
wi hunter

oh you soft hearted liberal tree hugger, why dont you want to touch base with your true roots as a hunter/gatherer? just because you dont want to know where your meat comes from, well sorry to say but behind that curtain you put up when you pick up your piece of meat that is nicely plastic wrapped in the store, there is a butcher slaughtering an animal that has probably been genetically enhanced with hormones or special diets to produce meat faster and in larger quantities than before. I on the other hand hunt food, i know where it comes from, know what that animal was eating,  i know what i am eating.

wi hunter
wi hunter

although a bear is a predator, it is definately not the main predator of deer, actually will only go after fawn if they go after a deer at all. bear eat almost all plants, and some insects.  wolf is a far greater predator consuming up to 15 full size deer per year. Bear is one meat that is eaten vs a dog species like wolf and coyote. In fact bear tastes better than even venison. before jumping to conclusions that this is jsut a trophy hunt, think that people do use bear for more than the trophy.

Not to mention that people that think bear are kind creatures, continue to feed them, and give the bear a reliance on people for food. then when the bear is looking for food it will look for people, putting innocents in danger.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

I have no issues with hunting per se. In fact I prefer it to slaughterhouse killings for the most part. But justifying hunting a predatory animal that only an overzealous dope like you can justify eating is just plain stupid and transparent. When someone kills a bear (or a mountain lion or a wolf) they're doing it for sport, to obtain a trophy, not for food.

Not to mention you're removing the main predator of deer who cause countless accidents throughout the country. Sorry, hunting for predatory animals is stupid and wrong on every level.

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