Controversial six-day bear hunt begins in New Jersey
12/05/05) CHESTER TOWNSHIP
- A controversial six-day bear hunt began at sunrise Monday in New Jersey.
The season aims to thin a growing population of black bears in the Garden State. The hunt is restricted to an area of approximately 1,600 square miles in the state’s northwest corner. Hunters are required to use shotguns or old-fashioned muzzle-loading rifles. There are five checkpoint stations within the hunting zones in Morris County, Sussex County and Warren County.
Animal welfare groups say the hunt is cruel and unnecessary. Two animal rights groups sued to stop the hunt, but lost in two courts Friday. The Animal Rights Alliance and the Bear Education and Resource Group plans to take their case to the state Supreme Court, claiming the bear management plan is flawed.