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BRENDAN BERLS

Herald Staff Writer

The hunt is on.

State Environmental Commissioner Bradley Campbell has given the final OK to a new comprehensive plan to manage the growing population of New Jersey black bears, clearing the way for a six-day hunt to start in less than three weeks.

Campbell signed off on the plan, drafted by the state Fish and Game Council, sometime Monday. The final version was made public Tuesday morning.

The commissioner — who nixed last year's hunt in favor of pursuing alternative methods of population control — said he sees a clear need for a hunt this year.

"Public safety and sound wildlife management are the winners here," Campbell said. "Those who will be disappointed are those who ideologically oppose hunting in all circumstances."

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Bears face 5 years of hunts
Management policy also includes trash control, education, research
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
BY RUDY LARINI
Star-Ledger Staff
New Jersey can hold its second bear hunt in 35 years next month and then annual hunts for the next four years under a comprehensive bear management policy, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell said yesterday.

Besides the hunts, the policy includes provisions calling for improved trash control, public education about bears and expanded scientific research on bruins.

It has been estimated there are more than 3,200 bears just in the northwest quadrant of New Jersey. Bears have been spotted in all of the state's 21 counties, though they are concentrated mainly in the northwest area.

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Bear hunt is on in New Jersey
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
By REBECCA SANTANA
There's a bull's-eye being drawn on the backs of New Jersey's black bears.

The state will hold its second bear hunt in 35 years in December as part of a newly approved plan to manage the animals.

The bear population has increasingly come into contact with people outside the usual stomping grounds in the relatively rural, northern areas of the state.

Hunters will be able to shoot bears over six days starting Dec. 5 under the plan made public yesterday. The hunt is to take place in a roughly 1,600-square-mile territory in northern New Jersey.

"I think that public safety and sound wildlife management are the winners," said state environmental chief Bradley Campbell, who approved the plan after scuttling last year's hunt during a power struggle with the state Fish and Game Council.

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N.J.'s bear hunt a go for December
DEP, citing risks to public, OKs 6-day culling

BY LAUREN O. KIDD
GANNETT STATE BUREAU

TRENTON -- With the risk black bears pose to public safety and property on the rise, the state environmental protection commissioner has approved the Fish and Game Council's new black bear management policy, which includes a black bear hunt in three weeks.

"In reviewing this policy, my paramount concerns have been public safety and sound wildlife management. As the black bear population has expanded, incidents involving risks to public safety and property, which subsided after the 2003 hunt, have increased significantly," DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell wrote to Ernest P. Hahn, chairman of the council.

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N.J. BEAR HUNT ON AGAIN (AP)
November 16, 2005 -- TRENTON — New Jersey will hold a black-bear hunt this year as part of a newly approved plan to manage the animals. Released yesterday, 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.

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