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Four hunt opponents arrested, two-day total of bears killed reaches 202
The Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Updated: Wednesday, December 7, 2005

VERNON, N.J. (AP) - Four opponents of the ongoing bear hunt in New Jersey were arrested Wednesday and faced possible charges under New Jersey's hunter harassment laws, officials said.

The arrests came on the third day of the six-day hunt. Over the first two days, 202 bears were killed, state officials said.

The names of the four people and allegations against them were not immediately released. Karen Hershey, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection, said the arrests occurred at Wawayanda State Park but said no other details were available.

"At this point, they're being processed. They face possible charges of hunter harassment," she said.

It is illegal to obstruct or make physical contact with a person who is legally hunting in New Jersey, to get in between a hunter and his or her prey or to attempt to influence the behavior of the prey to interfere with the hunting. Violations are punishable by fines of between $100 and $500.

A group of animal rights activists have maintained a steady presence at Wawayanda State Park, one of five locations where hunters take the bears they've shot to be registered by the state. On opening day of the hunt, they wore bright orange "Wounded Bear Rescue" T-shirts and pledged to go out into the woods to look for wounded animals and keep tabs on hunters.

The New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance and the Bear Education and Resource group sued the state last week in a late bid to stop the hunt, but two courts denied the request. Telephone messages left Wednesday morning with both organizations were not immediately returned.

The hunt, New Jersey's second in 35 years, is being held to reduce the number of black bears in the wake of rising numbers of nuisance complaints and bear sightings.

On Tuesday, the second day of the hunt, 66 bears were killed. On opening day, 136 bears were killed. In the last hunt, in 2003, 328 bears were killed.

Besides the arrests, the state is investigating one allegation of illegal baiting, according to Martin McHugh, director of the state Division of Fish and Wildlife. Under New Jersey law, hunters are banned from shooting from a tree stand or blind if they are less than 300 feet from a bait pile.
 

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Besides the arrests, the state is investigating one allegation of illegal baiting,
It was Angie Metler and crew.
Thats my thought as to who was doing the illegal baiting.;)
 

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GUY I WORK WITH SAID THE ILLEGAL BAITER WAS FROM WAYWAYANDA PARK. HE HAD SYRUP BOTTLE STRAPPED TO HIS STAND DRIPPING DOWN THE TREE, AND HAD HOTDOGS AND BURGERS ON THE GROUND IN FRONT OF HIM. SUPPOSEDLY SOME OF THESE "BEAR RESCUE" PEOPLE SAW HIS STAND IN THE WOODS AND REPORTED HIM.
 

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The only thing i think the state should do is make the fines higher,100 to 500 dollar fine is not enough for these people, that is not enough of a deterrent. How about 1000 dollars and 30 days in jail maybe that will make you think twice about screwing up hunters in the woods.
 

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our protesters were arrested this morning at wawayanda, vernon township, for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of administration. marty said they stood in a path that bear hunters were walking down, refused to move, verbally abused hunters, who asked them to step aside. they're due in vernon court dec. 12.
some familiar names: angela metler(who this year locked herself in a bear trap), teresa fritzges(who is quoted in yesterday's trentonian saying the hunt is "a massacre of innocent life," janet piszar, who tries to stop deer hunts and a guy named albert(didn't get his last name) who's also charged with making terroristic threats. the antis claimed it had been a sting operation.
 

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Yep. Terroristic threat for one of US=loss of guns if convicted, in addition to possible fine/jail time.

Terroristic threats are NOT a joke in this state.
 

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Sting operation?

You go to a hunting area, during hunting season, and harr [no swearing please] hunters, and its a set up?

Kinda like getting busted in a red light district trying to pick up an undercover policewoman, isn't it? [smirk]
 

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Here is what the BEAR group has to say...


"This morning, four bear activists fell victim to a sting operation
orchestrated by two hunters they had encountered in the woods
yesterday, as well as park rangers and Division of Fish and Wildlife
staff. These peaceful, nonviolent people were only trying to rescue
wounded bears while documenting the hunt on videotape. Yesterday,
these same two hunters shot a bear within close proximity to these
activists. The rescuers followed the blood trail, but the bear was
dead.

The hunters cut the bear open, discarded her entrails, and hauled
her body out of the woods. They left behind the bear's heart,
clearly visible against the white snow. These activists discovered
the bloody entrails of one of their bear neighbors.

Today, the bear rescuers were engaged by those same two hunters,
along with an additional hunter who was wearing a ski mask. They
said they were from South Jersey and were hunting practically in the
backyard of one of the activists, who they called by name and
obviously recognized.

The hunters were taunting the activists, using racial slurs, but at
no point did the activists restrict the movement of these hunters or
interfere with their ability to hunt. In fact, the activists were
walking away from the hunters when they heard someone shout
out, "Clear the area!" They were frightened for their lives because
they had no idea that the police, park rangers, and Division of Fish
and Wildlife staff were there. Once they realized they were
officers, the activists were calmly escorted out of the woods.

Later, they discovered the hunter wearing the ski mask was a park
ranger.

We will update you as things progress.
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Reminder: PROTEST THIS SATURDAY
11 am - 1 pm at Wawayanda State Park in Vernon, NJ

PLEASE BE THERE!!!!!!!!!!
 
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