COURT RULES AGAINST BID TO OPEN STATE LANDS TO BLACK BEAR HUNT

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – A state appeals court has denied a bid by three sporting groups to open state lands to next month’s scheduled black bear hunt.

In a 41-page decision issued Friday, the court rejected a challenge by the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance, Safari Club International, and Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation to the Murphy administration’s ban on hunting of bears on state-controlled lands.

In the decision, the latest chapter of recurring controversy and litigation over hunting of black bears, the three-judge panel dismissed arguments by the pro-hunting groups that the closure was impermissibly based on a political campaign promise made by Gov. Phil Murphy.

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