(Photo by Windigo Images)TRENTON, N.J. — A total of 139 bears were killed during the first six-day period of New Jersey’s annual black bear hunt, as expected a steep drop from last year’s total following restrictions imposed by the governor. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy this year barred bear hunting on state-owned lands, removing roughly 40 percent of the lands where…
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
“This is a complex wildlife management issue and is not at all unique to New Jersey.”
More than 400 bears were killed in this year’s hunt, down from the record 636 killed in 2016; Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, who takes office next month, has said he will halt the bear hunt pending research into other methods for managing the state’s bear population.
Extension runs through Saturday, and Gov.-elect Phil Murphy is planning a moratorium, which could halt the hunt.
Last week, a hunter killed the 4,000th bear since the bear hunt resumed in 2003, following a three-decade moratorium.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking those who are out in the fields and woods of New Jersey at this time of year to be alert for deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and to report any suspected cases to the Division. Hemorrhagic Disease (HD) is a common…
It’s allowing for additional trout to be added to each load of fish headed to state trout waters.
The statewide wild turkey population is currently estimated at 20,000 to 25,000 birds.
Anglers catching a fish with a transmitter should release it unharmed.
Black bears have been sighted in all 21 counties, but their population is densest in the northwestern part of the state, including Sussex, Warren, Passaic and Morris counties.
The surveys documented 172 nesting or territorial pairs of bald eagles in New Jersey, up from 161 the previous year, and 42 new osprey nests were counted for a record total of 515.
Division of Fish and Wildlife will be stocking an additional 300 pheasants for hunting
Kicks off with the winter bow season opener Jan. 1
Reorganization plan for the state’s Division of Fish & Wildlife in full motion