New Jersey DEP Head Gives OK For Hunt

New Jersey DEP, Bear Hunting Magazine

Acting Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin has approved the Fish and Game Council's black bear management policy, setting the stage for New Jersey's first bear hunt since 2005.

"The council incorporated the latest research and science into its proposed black bear management policy that shows the population is sustainable and growing," Martin stated.

"This growth coincides with an increase in serious bear incidents supporting the need for population control in addition to continued non-lethal management tools, including public education and outreach," he said.

The Fish and Game Council unanimously approved last week a management policy that includes a six-day hunt starting December 6, 2010. Hunting would be limited to land north of Route 78 and west of 287, including the heart of bear country in Morris and Sussex counties.

A public hearing will be held May 11, 2010 in Trenton on the plan, with the proposed hunt likely to generate the most discussion. Final approval from the state is expected to follow the 60-day public comment period, which will start on April 19, 2010.

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