Anti-Hunting Activist Charged for Feeding Bears

US Sportsmen's Alliance, Bear Hunting Magazine

Susan Kehoe, a New Jersey anti-hunting activist, has been charged for deliberately feeding bears.

Kehoe has in the past presented herself as a member and leader of Bear Education and Resource (BEAR), a group that protested New Jersey bear hunts in 2003 and 2005. The group blames humans and their improperly secured garbage for the states bear troubles.

She denies the claims that she has been feeding the bears and now says she is not a member or a leader of the group and does not pay dues to the organization.

According to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Kehoe was videotaped providing bags of sunflower seeds to bears in her backyard.

After receiving tips from several neighbors that Kehoe was feeding the bears, Department officials began investigating and say that conservation officers have repeatedly watched her feed bears since late March.

The charge of creating a public nuisance is a disorderly persons offence that carries a maximum penalty of a fine of $1,500 and a presumption against jail time. There is also a 2002 state law banning the feeding of bears that includes a $1,000 fine, but Kehoe received only a warning under that regulation because the wording stipulates that a warning must be given before a fine can be levied.

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