The Star-Ledger: N.J. plans bear hunt to control surge in population
The New Jersey Game and Fish Bear Response unit tranquilized a black bear in Wayne that was terrorizing the neighborhood. Wayne authorities tracked the bear to the back porch of a home on Fox Hill last week.
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The New Jersey Fish and Game Council today is expected to introduce a policy calling for the state’s first bear hunt in five years due to a surge in the state's black bear population and a corresponding increase in complaints. The hunt, to be held during six days in December, is one facet of a bear management plan that highlights how much the population has grown and how non-lethal control techniques championed by former Gov. Jon Corzine have failed to stem bear-human interactions.