New Jersey bear hunt approved

Trenton, N.J. — After five years of political stonewalling, New
Jersey sportsmen are going to be able to go on a bear hunt.

On July 21, the Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection, Bob Martin, announced his approval of the
state’s new Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy. Part of the
management policy will include a six-day December black bear hunt
that coincides with New Jersey’s firearm deer-hunting season.

The road to the bear hunt has been long and winding with the
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation involved every step of the way
in defending New Jersey sportsmen and scientific wildlife
management principles.

In 2006, Lisa Jackson, the former DEP commissioner and now head
of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, cancelled the hunt. In
response to this action, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation,
along with Safari Club International and the New Jersey State
Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs filed a lawsuit against the state
to challenge the decision to stop the bear hunt.

That November, the state Supreme Court refused to consider an
emergency injunction that would have compelled the commissioner to
proceed with the 2006 hunt. In subsequent years, the DEP continued
refusing to authorize a bear hunt despite evidence of increased
human-bear interactions and calls by state legislators to bring it
back.

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