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New policy will make year’s bear hunt last of administration, Murphy says

State to focus on non-lethal methods of population control

By Nikita Biryukov, October 05 2020 2:46 pm

New Jersey’s bear hunt may be seeing its last season.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday announced the state’s annual bear hunt would be suspended at the end of the current season, adding the New jersey Fish and Game Council and the Department of Environmental Protection would work to develop a new policy to manage the state’s black bear population.

“This means, drumroll, that the 2020 bear hunt — already limited, by the way, to a few days in October and December and pursuant to my 2018 executive order, not permitted on state lands — will be the last bear hunt under my administration,” the governor said.

The new policy will focus on non-lethal means to manage the state’s ursine population.

The announcement is a victory for Murphy, who promised to end the hunt during his 2017 gubernatorial bid.

Prior governors have, with varying levels of interest, maintained the hunt. Activists have long called for the annual cull’s suspension, while hunters argue it’s needed to control New Jersey’s black bear population.

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