Bear population will double in 4 years without hunt, officials warn

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ROB JENNINGS / NJ.COM – Gov.-elect Phil Murphy’s plan to halt the bear hunt could double the bear population by 2022, according to a report from state wildlife officials.

A status report on the state’s 2015 bear management policy was finalized Jan. 4 and provided Thursday to NJ Advance Media, five days before Murphy will be sworn in as governor.

“The removal of hunting as a management tool will quickly allow the population to rebound to unacceptable levels,” concluded the 12-page report from the state Division of Fish and Wildlife …

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