December 2, 2005 -- THE inevitable happened last Week: Some so-called animal rights groups filed suit to stop the bear-hunting season in New Jersey.
The two New Jersey-based anti-hunting groups sued in the Appellate Division of Superior Court to stop the bear-hunting season scheduled to begin on Monday.
The case will be heard today.
The groups contend that the black bear management plan composed by the New Jersey Fish and Game Council and approved by DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell is flawed and invalid. The groups claim that the NJFGC overestimated the number of black bears in the state, their impact on people and property, and failed to explore alternatives to manage bear-human contact.