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Campbell signed the policy last night. The bear hunt is on. HSUS and others are expected to file a lawsuit. Stay tuned!
 
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thanks for the info blood, we knew a lawsuit would happen from either side
 

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Campbell signed the policy last night
Nice, but it could change. Not counting my chickens yet.
 

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Just had the story on ABC news.
 

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TV, they only said it was approved because the population is too high for the range they are in. And the range is spreading.
 

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Im trying not to get my hopes up, but I cant help it. I'm pretty excited about having another NJ bear hunt. Keep your fingers crossed guys![up]
 

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Environmental chief approves 2005 bear hunt
11/15/2005, 11:51 a.m. ET
By REBECCA SANTANA
The Associated Press


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey will hold a black bear hunt this year as part of a newly approved plan to manage the animals, which increasingly have come into contact with people.

Released Tuesday, the plan states that a six-day hunt, similar to one that took place in 2003, should occur next month. Bears in New Jersey now number in the thousands and have been spotted in all the state's 21 counties, but are mainly concentrated in northwestern areas.

"As the black bear population has expanded, incidents involving risks to public safety and property, which subsided after the 2003 hunt, have increased significantly," Environmental Commissioner Bradley Campbell said in a letter to the state's fish and game council.

Campbell blocked a hunt last year, and took the game council to court in a dispute that centered largely on whether a hunt could be held without his say. At the time, Campbell favored other means to control the bears.

Just days before a hunt was to be held, the state Supreme Court settled the matter in a ruling that essentially sided with Campbell but also pointed out that New Jersey lacked an overall approach for dealing with the bears. The court said no hunt could be held in the absence of that kind of planning.

In 2003, New Jersey held its first bear hunt in 33 years; 328 bears were killed.

The plan states that, using data from the 2003 hunt and the upcoming one, it is likely "that the length of the bear hunting season will have to be increased in order to achieve a higher harvest rate.

The plan met with immediate disapproval by New Jersey environmental groups, which have opposed a hunt.

"It's not going to do anything about nuisance bears," said Jeff Tittel of the Sierra Club, who said the state failed to address other issues aimed at managing the bear population, such as educating people about how to deal with bears and providing bear-proof garbage containers.

"Without a proper management plan there should not be a hunt. That's what the Supreme Court said but here's Campbell signing off on the plan," said Tittel.

The animals are increasingly encountering the state's suburban residents, sometimes killing pets or breaking into homes as they forage for food. In the early part of this year, the state received hundreds of complaints about bears causing damage or being a nuisance.

In mid-July, a bear injured a sleeping camper along the Appalachian Trail at High Point State Park.
 

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Dear Salvatore,

In regard to your question about the bear hunt, attached is the info
from our web page that was posted today. We will start to issue permits
right away, so you should get it in the mail by next week.

Stay tuned for updates — our webpage will be updated if any further
decisions are made regarding the hunt. The governor still has the
ability to nix it.

Regards,


On November 14, 2005, DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell approved the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy for New Jersey. The document was drafted by the NJ Fish and Game Council and subsequently revised after extensive public comments and a public hearing. The policy meets the mandate and requirements established by the NJ Supreme Court in its most recent opinion on black bear management
 

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Hopefully Codey doesn't fold under pressure. Although he may not care either because he is out andhas other things on his mind to make a name for himself like a new stadium in the Meadowlands and the new slogan for NJ.
 

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Thaks for the link Mystic
 

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Sounds like he won't stop the hunt this year. But then again who knows.
 
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