Ask Gov. Murphy to continue the 2018 NJ Bear hunt and future hunts
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Residents of New Jersey are asking Governor Phil Murphy to allow the New Jersey black bear hunt to move forward as planned in 2018 and to allow for future hunts to take place.
On January 11, 2018 an article was published by NJ.com titled "Bear population will double in 4 years without hunt, officials warn". In this article a report from the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) was cited where they warned "Without continuation of population management by regulated sport hunting, NJ’s black bear population will double in five years."
It was also noted in the DFW report that alternative methods of fertility control, either physical or chemical, are not viable for free ranging populations of black bears. The report states that "A regulated hunting season is a safe, legal, and responsible use of the wildlife resource. It has also been proven to be the most effective means to control over-abundant game species in a cost effective manner."
Since the bear hunt has been implemented it has led to a reduction of bears euthanized for agricultural damage as well as a reduction in bear complaints. The decrease in bear incidents shows that dangerous and nuisance bears are being removed from the population, thus reducing the risk to public safety and property.
Opponents of the hunt say that the hunts do nothing to prevent incidences and complaints. According to the DFW this is absolutely not true. We ask Governor Murphy not to be persuaded by animal rights extremists who spread false information of this sort. Please listen to the experts who are working to control the bear population at the DFW.
New Jersey Citizens are asking Governor Murphy to investigate this matter fully and allow the bear hunt to continue. To stop the bear hunt now would be a step in the wrong direction as the DFW has made abundantly clear. To allow these bears to overpopulate to the numbers they were at prior to the hunt is not fair to NJ bears or the citizens that live in bear country.
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