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Weather slows hunters at New Jersey bear hunt

December 7, 2011 5:02:45 AM PST
Hunters killed 52 bears in the second day of the black bear hunt in New Jersey Tuesday. That brings the total to 309.

Officials believe the unpleasant weather kept many hunters out of the wood.

The hunt lasts six days. Wildlife officials say it's needed to control the state's growing bear population.

Officials estimate that 200 bears were killed Monday on the first day of the hunt.

Bear hunting is taking place all week in portions of a 1,000-square-mile area north of Route 78 and West of Route 287. This area is divided into four Bear Management Zones, including portions of Bergen, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Warren counties, which are home to the majority of the state's black bears.

The hunt is open only to licensed hunters with approved permits to hunt in one of the designated zones. Only one bear of either sex may be taken by each hunter. All harvested bears must be taken to one of five approved bear-check stations to be recorded and for biological testing.

Information on the numbers of bears harvested will be posted online at NJ.gov/dep/fgw/ as soon as possible after the 7 p.m. closing of the five check stations. On subsequent days, postings will occur by 8 a.m. the following morning.

For information on the 2011 black bear hunt, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearseason_info.htm

To review the State's Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/pdf/bear/policy_lit/cbbmp7-10.pdf

For information on the 2010 bear harvest results, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/news/2011/bearseason10_results.htm

For more information on New Jersey's black bears, including tips on avoiding conflicts with bears, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts.htm

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)


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