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NJ Bear attack

Postby Rowdy » Fri Aug 05, 2005 3:01 pm

New Jersey Bear Attack Proves Need for Hunt- (08/04)
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A black bear attack in New Jersey illustrates the importance of a hunt to control the state’s escalating bear population and ensure citizens’ safety.

In the early morning of July 13, a black bear sunk its teeth into a sleeping camper and tried to drag him away from a shelter at High Point State Park in northern New Jersey. Wildlife officials investigating the incident report that they trapped and dispatched a 152-pound female bear that was identified as the culprit.

“Bear-human conflicts like this demonstrate the need for New Jersey to control its bear population by hunting,” said Tony Celebrezze, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of state services. “A hunt will decrease the number of bears in the nation’s most populated state, teaches bears a healthy respect for people and provides a great opportunity for sportsmen.”

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is now considering a bear hunt, which was proposed as part of the Fish and Game Council’s 2005-2006 Game Code.

In 2003, the state held its first bear hunt in over 30 years. It reduced the population and resulted in a decrease in bear-human incidents. Last year’s hunt was cancelled by Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley Campbell and the number of bear-human encounters again increased.
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