STATES CHRONICLE – After starting in 2010, the black bear hunt in New Jersey had it fair number of supporters and critics. However, after the decision made yesterday, New Jersey protesters and hunters rile up over 4 day hunting extension.
New Jersey governor Christie has gathered himself a large list of critics, as well as supporters, after passing a law allowing black bear hunting throughout the state in 2010.
The hunt usually lasts for six days, and is meant to keep New Jersey’s black bear population under control. However, the Division of Fish and Wildlife announced this Sunday that because the quota of killed bears was not reached, the hunting season will extend for four days.
This, of course, has garnered the governor a huge number of critics.
The New Jersey black bear hunt is meant to reduce the numbers of the black bear population. This year, the reported population before the hunt began came in at about 3500 individuals. Up until Sunday, 472 bears were killed, compared to last year’s 272.
However, due to the numbers not meeting one of the criteria, the state officials decided to let those hunters who didn’t manage to bag a bear yet to keep at it for four more days.
The criterion in question is related to the tagged bears caught and released every year. A number of the animals are caught every year, and each individual caught is tagged and then released.
Each year up until now, the number of killed bears would include 20% of the tagged population. However, this year, only 18% of the tagged bear population was killed within the first 6 days of the hunt, so the governor decided to prolong the hunt by 4 extra days.
This stirred up a lot of the state’s citizens, some of them complaining of the fact that too much of the bear population remained, thus putting them in danger, and the others protesting against the hunt of the animals.
The main complaint belonging to the protesters was that instead of ordering the slaughter of the animals, the government should rather invest in making trash storage area animal proof.
The main complaint of the supporters is that the large number of animals is dangerous to them and their families, since the bears tend to mess around with garbage cans and some even supposedly entered a number of houses.
Whether the governor’s decision is right or wrong is still up for debate, but the hunt will nevertheless go on for the next 4 days.
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