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NJ Bear Hunt Cannot Begin on Monday Due to Litigation Judge Rules!

The State of New Jersey, or TRENTON – A state appeal judge ordered a stay sought by hunt opponents on Wednesday, making it likely that the bear hunt in northwestern New Jersey will not begin on Monday, if at all.

The hunt was sanctioned by the Fish and Game Council during a meeting in the middle of November, prompting legal action from animal-rights groups. They’ll get their day in court to argue that the state’s use of emergency rulemaking powers was unconstitutional.

The deadline for filing the Animal Protection League of New Jersey and its supporters’ application for emergency relief has been set by Appellate Judge Lisa Rose at 4 p.m. on Friday, with the state’s response due by 4 p.m. on Monday.

The hunt, which was scheduled to begin Monday a half-hour before sunrise, has been postponed for the time being.

Dante DiPirro, a lawyer for the hunters, claimed that the Appellate Division “granted a stay today and given my clients permission to submit further legal papers on Friday contesting the emergency order that authorized the hunt.”

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In the meanwhile, “the hunt cannot go forward,” as Humane Society of the United States representative Madeline Bove put it. There was silence from the Governor’s Office and the Department of Environmental Protection.

A search of the DEP’s online permit availability website reveals that just over 5,000 of the 11,000 bear hunt licenses have been sold. Due to the fact that each hunter can only obtain permits for a maximum of two of the five zones, this number might be significantly higher than 5,500.

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From 2010 until 2020, the state of Alaska regularly hosted bear hunts. In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Governor Phil Murphy banned bear hunting on state property, and there was no hunt at all in 2017 due to the lack of a comprehensive bear management plan.

Murphy reversed course, allowing a hunt to take place this year on an emergency basis and potentially every year after that depending on the vote after a public hearing in January, citing safety concerns in light of an increase in reports about bear sightings.

The number of black bear sightings recorded by the DEP from January to October this year was 237 percent more than during the corresponding time in 2020. There were 62 cases of human aggression, 1 human attack, 12 canine attacks, 12 home invasions, 15 attempted home invasions, 84 cases of property damage in excess of $1,000, and 52 assaults on livestock that were protected.

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The DEP predicts that the black bear population in Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties will increase to more than 4,000 in the next two years. There are many who argue that the claimed rate of expansion is inflated.

Bear hunting season was set to begin on December 5 and end on December 10, coinciding with the six-day rifle season for deer hunting. If the state’s goal of a 20% decrease in the bear population isn’t realized, the period of closure could be extended to December 14–17. Hunting is allowed on state and privately-owned property within established hunting zones.

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