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ACTION ALERT: NJ Black Bears - They Need Your Help, Today! PLEASE TAKE ACTION !


Animals  (tags: new jersey, black bears, governor, slaughter, massacre, protection )

Simone
- 1497 days ago - aplnj.org
The state has has once again set its sights on black bears. They are determined to institute an annual bear kill. We have been successful in stopping that, although there sadly was a hunt in 2003 and in 2005. There has been no hunt since 2005 due to



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Corinna M. (40)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 10:59 pm
Noted.
 

Darlene W. (68)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 11:07 pm
1. Please contact NJ Governor Chris Christie and urge him to stop this hunt from moving forward. Use the Facts and Talking Points listed below.

Governor Chris Christie
PO Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 609-292-6000 (Don't let them transfer you to the Division of Fish & Wildlife. Be firm that you want to leave a message for the Governor.)
Fax: 609-292-3454
Webmail: Click here (pick Environment, then Fish and Wildlife)

2. Contact NJ Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. Ms. Guadagno is thefirst Lieutenant Governor in our state's history. She works very closely with Chris Christie and has his ear. Use the Facts and Talking Points listed below.

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno
PO Box 001, Trenton, NJ 08625
Phone: 609-984-1900
Fax: 609-777-1764

3. Contact your NJ State Legislators. Residents of NJ are represented by one state Senator and two state Assembly persons. Click here to find your state legislators or call the APLNJ office at 732-446-6808. Use the Facts and Talking Points listed below.

4. Please write letters to your local paper supporting the bears. Keep them short and keep them coming. Use the Facts and Talking Points listed below.

 

Darlene W. (68)
Saturday November 13, 2010, 11:12 pm
"Facts and Talking points
PUBLIC SAFETY? In the history of our state no black bear has ever killed or seriously harmed any person. If there is a perceived threat to public safety due to human/bear interactions, then garbage control is the single most important and effective tool to reduce such interactions.

BEAR BIOLOGY: Bears are a self-regulating species. When they are denied access to unnatural foods, their reproductive rate goes down to what the environment can sustain. Black bears DO NOT OVERPOPULATE.

WASTE/ NONENFORCEMENT OF THE LAW: The DFW wasted $2 million in appropriations to enforce the black bear feeding ban. From 2005-2009, the Division's Bureau of Law Enforcement wrote 21,463 summonses, but only 9 on the bear feeding ban. In the 2005 comprehensive black bear management policy, the DFW reported the need to improve the feeding ban law, but in five years, and throughout the nonlethal program, no legislation was introduced, and lack of enforcement continues to exist.

FGC HELD ILLEGAL MEETINGS: In the "BEAR v NJ DEP" lawsuit initiated by the BEAR Group, an October 4, 2010 order from the court ordered that the NJ Fish and Game Council (FGC) provide a list of the dates of all meetings and minutes at which an "effective majority" of FGC members were present. The FGC violated the Open Public Meetings Act when they held secret meetings of the game committee to develop the 2010 Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy.

DFW BREAKS THE LAW: Since 1999, the Division of Fish and Wildlife failed to comply with statutory mandate (NJSA 23:2-2) to provide an annual report to the legislature. These reports are for fiscal responsibility and accountability and would be available to the public. A lawsuit is being filed this week to compel the DFW to produce these reports.

DFW COOKED THE BOOKS: The Division claims that nuisance complaints have risen, when in fact they have significantly declined—as proven in a report by Dr. Ed Tavss, a Rutgers University professor. The reported surge in bear complaints resulted from an invalid interpretations of data, duplicate complaints and other erroneous data, not from any actual increase in complaints or an increase in the bear population. In actuality, bear complaints decreased between 2007 and 2009. See Dr. Tavss' report here: www.aplnj.org/EdTavss2010Study.pdf

HUNTING DOESN'T WORK: Dr. Tavss' previous 2005 study demonstrated that in every site studied, hunting failed to decrease complaints, while in these same sites, nonlethal methods worked in reducing complaints. See report here: www.wildlifesciences.org/downloads/Tavss-v4.pdf

BEARS HAVE MASSIVE SUPPORT: The official public comment period for the State's Comprehensive Black Bear Management (CBBM) Policy ended on June 18, 2010. Of these, a whopping 6,484 (70%) were against the bear management policy and against bear hunting. Please use this in all your letters.

PUBLIC WANTS NONLETHAL: In April 2010, a poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research found that a majority of NJ voters oppose opening a bear hunt, and oppose practices that were permitted in the state's previous two hunts, including shooting 10-month-old cubs, shooting mothers with cubs and baiting bears with food. Voters also overwhelmingly support non-lethal management. The Humane Society of the United States commissioned this poll.

CALL OFF HUNT: This hunt is strictly a recreational trophy hunt, a waste of taxpayer dollars, is cruel, doesn't solve a thing and the public doesn't want it."

 

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 14, 2010, 3:31 am
Very sadly noted
 

Cindy C. (125)
Sunday November 14, 2010, 1:19 pm
poor poor things
 

Mary T. (185)
Sunday November 14, 2010, 5:55 pm
Stop killing our animals, sadly noted.
 
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