black bear swamp swim

An animal rights advocate accused during the October bear hunt of harassing a hunter and another man — whom the woman's attorney admits she identified on social media as the person she believed responsible for killing a local bear she named “Pretty Mama” — will stand trial in municipal court in April.

The two complainants — Michael Bush and Nickey Pisco — went to the police in October and accused township resident Susan Kehoe, a longtime anti-bear-hunt activist, of harassing them on the basis of a comment she wrote on her personal Facebook page saying she “believed” one of them had killed the bear, which had been known to frequent the area where she lived.

The Vernon Township Police Department, upon reviewing the matter in October, declined to press charges. The two men then filed citizens' complaints, both of which were certified by the court administrator and served on Kehoe without being reviewed by a judge.

The matter -- in which the two men allege they have suffered further harassment and even death threats -- has since landed in municipal court, where defense attorney Daniel Perez crossed swords Tuesday over the prosecution's alleged failure to furnish the incriminating evidence said to be the linchpin of its case.

From the New Jersey Herald, read more here.