New Jersey Black Bear Hunt Is On, Court Rules

| December 1, 2011 5:15 PM

The appellate division of the New Jersey State Superior Court decided Thursday that the black bear hunt will happen as scheduled (Dec. 5-10). Animal rights groups and two women had filed an appeal to stop the six-day hunt on the grounds that the data justifying it was flawed.

A photo of a black bear in Hope, N.J., taken on June 4, 2011. Flickr/anaxolotl.

The Animal Protection League of New Jersey, the Bear Education and Resource Group, Theresa Fritzges and Angela Metler had filed the appeal, claiming the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP) was not valid and therefore the hunt should be canceled. The same group tried to stop the hunt last year, unsuccessfully.

The court decision Thursday states that the “appellants have failed to demonstrate that respondents acted arbitrarily or capriciously or in bad faith. We further conclude that appellants have failed to demonstrate any procedural deficiencies supporting invalidation of the CBBMP.”

The black bear hunt is scheduled to take place next week in four designated zones in sections of Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties.

Read more about the bear hunt on NJToday.

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