POLL: Should Bears Be Hunted?

State bear hunt begins Monday.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection 2011 Bear Hunt begins Monday with hunters in possession of a permit allowed to kill one black bear each.

Bears are only allowed to be hunted in specific zones, which include parts of Morris, Sussex, Warren, Somerset, Bergen and Hunterdon counties, extending to the Pennsylvania and New York borders.

The six-day hunt, which was also held last year, is designed to help the DEP regulate bear population. According to the DEP, there are about 3,400 black bears living in a 1,000-square mile area north of Route 78 and west of Route 287. The DEP said the northwest corner of the state has one of the highest black bear population densities in the country.

"We are fully committed to this comprehensive black bear management effort, which not only protects the public but also safeguards our black bear population,'' said Dave Chanda, Director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, in a press release. "That includes a continuing need to educate people who live in bear country or enjoy recreational opportunities in bear habitat areas on methods they can employ to limit the potential for negative interactions with black bears.''

According to final DEP results from the 2010 bear hunt, West Milford hunters harvested the most bears with 54 killed. Vernon Township harvested the second most with 50 bears and Walpack Township (also in Sussex County) harvested 50. The DEP reported that statewide, 243 bears were harvested on private property, 232 were harvested on state property, 93 on federal property and 24 on county-owned or municipal land.

Hunters are required to report kills to the department and transport bears to a DEP check station by 7 p.m. the day of the kill. There, they will be given a legal possession seal.

The bear hunt is held in conjunction with the six-day firearm deer hunting season.

Do you think bears should be hunted to control population? Participate in our poll and tell us why or why not in the comments below.

Frank Santagata December 07, 2011 at 12:08 AM
In my earlier post I explained my position …… But I am amazed at how so many people with so few facts can make so much noise about a subject they know so little about. Learn the facts……The real facts and look at all the issues before engaging the mouth. Hunters pay for their sport and your also for the land the preserve for you to use to bike and hike and picnic in. NO tax dollars are involved!! People do eat and enjoy Bear meat, it happens to be very tasty; you should give it a try. Governor Christy is doing a great job….Sunny and your wrong about the pork …so you are 0 for 2 in your comments. I really think that most people in here have good intentions but attacking your fellow man is not the way to solve the problem.
Sunny Forrest December 07, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Frank, Are you a used car salesman? Because no one is buying it. Where does the money come from for the salaries at the NJ State Division of Fish and Wildlife? Christy is an unpopular. bully who will not have a second term. The reason he passed on running for President is because he knows he wouldn't win. I have never seen or heard of anyone eating bear meat (that really shows how desperate you are to prove your point). At least not in civilized America. As far as attacking your fellow man (with words), I guess you think it is better to attack scared animals with sophisticated weapons with the purpose of killing them.
james December 07, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Just because you don't eat bear meat means nobody does?
Jake Cassan February 29, 2012 at 03:12 AM
michele mackenzie September 03, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I agree with Sunny..I love all animals and do not think mans answer to everything is to kill them. I do not eat animals,(am Vegan) wear animals...No leather, furniture-shoes-belts etc..Do not believe in zoos unless it is a sanctuary for injured animals-do not buy any wool-only use the wool from my friends sheep that are her lifelong pets..do not buy cleaners, shampoos etc tested on or that have animal prod. in them. Most hunters do KILL for sport. Man thinks they can do whatever they want. Take over the earth and all living creatures habitats--the woods, rainforests, destroy the oceans...etc


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