Activist Spotlight: New Jersey Bear Hunt

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Bear hunt stirs controversy in New Jersey

The 2010 New Jersey bear hunt inched closer to becoming reality last month, causing debate as to whether or not this is what’s right for the black bear population in the state. There has been a ban on hunting black bear in New Jersey for the last four years, but in March, Acting Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin approved a new policy that would overturn the ban. 

Those in favor of the hunt feel it is necessary for safety purposes and in order to keep bears out of communities. Animal activists and organizations, however, feel hunting is definitely not the answer.

The Humane Society of the United States feels that hunting may lead to a drop in the number of bears this year, but it is only a temporary solution. While bears will be killed this year, they will continue to reproduce and potentially wander into neighborhoods again in the years to come. Bear hunting opponents are suggesting long-term actions to minimize the number of bears wandering into residential areas.

Simple tasks to reduce bear rummaging include securing trash bins or leaving them indoors until trash day, and keeping all food — including pet food — inside. And if necessary, people can use firecrackers as a humane way to scare off bears that linger close to their home.

All opposed to the hunt have until May 11 — the closing of the comment period — to take action. Please sign this petition to stop the New Jersey bear hunt.



Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Mervi is right.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

very sad

colleen p.
colleen p5 years ago ponies

colleen p.
colleen p5 years ago

somtimes, when they catch bears to relocate, they put them else where. A friend of mine was talking to a woman, she said they relocate bears in this one county. The one we live in.

thanks for the bears. you saved it from your county, now it will be shot in mine.
if you do not like the idea of the hunt, please take the bears off our hands. they are learning how to squeeze open bear proof garbage cans.

Barry Bearenstein

you dummies, this is what happens whemn mommy lets you keep that teddy bear past the age of 6. you grew up and now you can not seperate emotion from science. this is the same as any other hunting. it is the only way to control the population. this is real science not that bs you morons get from quacks. streilization does not work nor is it cost effective. I love those two wacy broads in vernon that always stir this crap up. hunters do more for wildlife and conservation than any of you idiots. hunters provide almost all the funding to protect and conserve land and animals unlike you wahhhh babies. get over it you will always be on the losing side. people are more important than animals. if we did not live in such a politically correct society that is so watered down and accepting all of you morons would have been taken out by natural selection. good luck with your losing effort. As for me I have been scouting hard and have several large bears I will be hunting this year. I am doing my part. I hunt, I donate, I conserve. You preach about bear garbage cans and make posters. you lose.

Mervi R.
Mervi R6 years ago

The hunt needs to stop NOW!

Lori S.
Lori Schabow6 years ago

Killing the bears will not solve the problem. Allowing them access to garbage will encourage them to associate humans with food. This makes the problem worse. Eliminate the food sources and they will stay out of our neighborhoods.

Kelly R.
Kelly R6 years ago

Your comment is typical of a selfish, wasteful person who would rather harm and animal and the environment than compromise and adapt. My family and I are from northern NJ and have experienced plenty of black bears; none of those experiences would ever make me endorse something as inhumane and sordid as a bear hunt. If you had done any research into the matter, you would know that the Department of Fish & Wildlife cannot estimate the number of black bears in NJ; therefore they cannot give the number of bears that could be safely removed from the population without destabilization. Hunters are not going to pursue bears who live on the edge of suburban communities (obviously - those areas would not even be zoned for hunting), they will be killing bears living further in the woods. This will do nothing to alleviate nuisance complaints from property owners. Hunters will lure bears on non-federal lands with human food items; this will habituate bears to human food and INCREASE the number of bear/community conflicts. I do keep any waste in my home until garbage day - I resuse items, conserve what I can, and keep wastefulness to a minimum (as everyone intelligent person should). No one is saying to not have cookouts, to not let your pets outside, etc. Invest in bear-proof garbage cans (THEY WORK), do not feed your pets outside, and clean up thoroughly after cookouts. New Jersey residents will fight this bear hunt. Use the humane approach to nature, not the IGNORANT one.

Vivianne Mosca-Clark
Vivianne M6 years ago

what about all the NJ people that do not want the bears hunted.
You make several points that do need to be dealt with.
In my way of thinking........humans do need to deal with the wild life that lives in the areas.
We have moved into their areas.
There are a couple of towns in Alaska that have people that have a job of getting the animals that are to invasive, out of the area. It looked like it was working.
Just a thought that might help your situation.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

The petition is already closed!