Bear hunt ends with protest, calls for a ban

black bear

HANNAN ADELY / NORTHJERSEY.COM – New Jersey hunters killed 139 bears on private land during the six-day hunt that ended Saturday amid protests from animal activists who renewed calls for Gov. Phil Murphy to end the hunt.

It was the lowest number of bears killed since New Jersey restored the annual hunt in 2010 after a five-year hiatus. In that year, hunters killed 592 black bears; since then, more than 3,500 bears have been killed, state data show.

The drop comes after Murphy signed an executive order to close state lands to bear hunts, limiting the hunting grounds by some 700,000 acres …

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