STATE OF NEW JERSEY, TRENTON – As a result of the order by the New Jersey Superior Court, the black bear hunt has been put on hold.
The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife announced on November 30 that a judge had placed a stay on the hunt that had been slated to commence on December 5, 2022.
After the recently reopened bear hunting season, the Animal Protection League of New Jersey et al. filed an emergency application to have it halted, and Judge Lisa Rose Rose J.A.D. agreed.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection recommends that hunters “frequently check the NJDEP Fish and Wildlife webpage for updates.”
On November 15th, 2022, Governor Murphy signed the “Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy,” which included the reopening of the black bear hunting season.
There was a 237 percent spike in bear damage and nuisance reports to the NJDEP between January 1 and October 21, 2022, prompting him to take action utilizing “emergency regulation,” as stated by the NJDEP.
All through 2022, residents of Sparta reported multiple encounters with black bears to authorities. A woman was hurt when she tried to protect her puppy from a bear. One of the two dogs died, and the woman needed stitches.
It appears that a second dog that was allowed out into the backyard was later murdered by a black bear. Additionally, a third dog was attacked in the backyard and needed veterinary care.
Many black bears were spotted at Station Park this spring, prompting the removal of trash cans and the placement of caution signs.
It was decided upon what kinds of bears might be hunted, how far away bait and cubs could be, and what kinds of weapons and ammunition could be employed.
The use of Black Bear Permits was also strictly regulated. Five checkpoints were set up in Warren, Sussex, and Morris Counties for the delivery of harvested bears.