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|Originally Posted: 7 April 2010|
Stop the New Jersey Bear Hunt
Tell The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and Governor Chris Christie to KEEP the ban on bear hunting. They are proposing to lift the ban on May 11 and allow bear hunting due to increased bear numbers and human interactions. These incidents are due mostly to improper garbage storage, and these trash cans attract bears. Training people to manage their garbage will save bears.
Sign an online petition.
And/Or make direct contact:
N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
Governor Chris Christie
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
The Division of Fish and Wildlife and Governor Chris Christie has proposed to lift the ban on bear hunting by May 11 in New Jersey. Previous Governor Corzine was against a bear hunt and used non-lethal ways of management. During the 70's, New Jersey's bear population was almost wiped out to just 150 bears. They have just begun to repopulate, but The Division is issuing a bear hunt due to increased bear numbers and human interactions. These incidents are due mostly to improper garbage storage, and these trash cans attract bears. It is illegal to feed bears in New Jersey (Law: Black Bear Feeding Ban: NJSA 23:2A-14), and this law requires proper garbage containment where Black Bears are present.
Black Bears can be managed in a non-lethal way by using bear proof garbage cans, scaring them off with loud noises or shooting them with harmless rubber bullets, and only using bird feeders in winter when bears are in hibernation. Citizens should be made aware that it is necessary to do these things if you live in bear country. Bear-proof garbage containers should be made more readily available, or provided by the state. Please sign this to let The New Jersey Division of Wildlife become aware that a bear hunt is not necessary.
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