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Two charged with poaching during bear hunt
12/12/2005, 6:12 p.m. ET
The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's second black bear hunt in 35 years bagged 297 bruins, but also resulted in charges against two alleged poachers and 10 protesters who decried the weeklong hunt meant to stem the rising number of bear complaints in the northwest part of the state.

One of the hunters killed a black bear while his license was revoked and the other failed to check his kill in to a state weigh station before the pair sold the two dead bears to a butcher in central New Jersey, according to Elaine Makatura, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Garry Newborn of Hazlet faces six charges: hunting while his license was revoked, hunting black bear without a permit, failure to tag a black bear, providing false information and two charges of possessing an unregistered black bear.

Newborn's hunting partner, William Seward of Middletown, faces one charge of possessing an unregistered black bear.

Newborn and Seward killed the two bears last Monday in part of the Newark Watershed in Passaic County, Makatura said. A tip led to their arrests.

The bear meat was disposed of and not processed or distributed by the butcher, who has not been charged, Makatura said.

Ten people were arrested in Wawayanda State Park for protesting the hunt, which ended Saturday — including six on the final day.

Kristen Sondej of Garfield, Lynda Smith of Hewitt, David Stewart of Vernon, Catherine McCartney of Highland Lakes, Eleanor Hoffman of Rockaway and William Crain of New York City were arrested Saturday. Each faces one count of obstructing the administration of law.

All but Crain are to go before a judge Jan. 10 in Vernon Township. Crain is to appear Tuesday.

Angela Metler, 49, of Highland Lakes, director of the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance, which had unsuccessfully sued to stop the hunt, was among those arrested Wednesday. Also arrested were Theresa Fritzges, 57, of East Windsor; Albert Kazemian, 49, of Highland Lakes, and Janet Piszar, 52, of Millburn.

All four have been charged with hunter harassment, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing the administration of law. Kazemian was also charged with making terroristic threats and is scheduled for arraignment in Vernon on Tuesday.
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