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Petitioning Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie and 38 others

Support NJ Bear Smart Legislation / Oppose Bear Hunt

S687 - Since 2003, New Jersey's six unnecessary bear hunts, or, more accurately, bait and shoots, have claimed the lives of 2,230 bears. None was spared: Cubs, yearlings, fathers, and mothers fell before a small army of shooters. Many were killed near bait.  Sassy, a shy black bear who lived in Wawayanda State Park, would frequently appear at the edge of the forest, showing her cubs to her many human admirers.  Everyone who knew Sassy loved her. Sassy neither raided garbage cans nor approached humans. The two species coexisted, peacefully.  

On December 8, 2011, all of that came to a violent and senseless end. During the bear hunt, a shooter stalked and killed Sassy.   Sassy's human neighbors heard the gun shots. On a hunter website, the grinning shooter posed over Sassy's body.

In the hunters' own words:

"My buddy and I each got our bears last season (2005 New Jersey hunt) within 1/2 hour of each other. I was sitting on an old rock wall (ain‚t there a lot of them in those Northwest Jersey woods?) when momma and two adolescents came strolling in. I took momma (225 lbs) with my Encore slug gun and my buddy took the 120 lb‚er as the other (about 100 lbs) took off running like heck." (Posted on njhunter.com by huntfishNJ, Sept 8, 2006 at 9:09 am).

This is reality of the  State of New Jersey's so-called "black bear management program."

 In 2010, a Mason-Dixon poll showed that 74% of New Jersey registered voters prefer non-lethal solutions. Studies show that proper garbage control and education reduce bear complaints; hunting does not. Throughout western states, governments are requiring use of bear-resistant trash containers. New Jersey remains behind the times. It's time for the New Jersey Legislature to join these governments and adopt modern, non-lethal, and effective solutions.

Please sign our petition, and click here for more information on Bear Smart New Jersey.

 

 

This petition was delivered to:
  • Governor of New Jersey
    Chris Christie
  • State Senator
    Paul Sarlo
  • State Senator
    Dawn Addiego
  • State Senator
    Christopher Bateman
  • State Senator
    Bob Gordon
  • State Senator
    Samuel Thompson
  • State Senator
    Bob Smith
  • State Senator
    Ronald Rice
  • State Senator
    Nellie Pou
  • State Senator
    Steven Oroho
  • State Senator
    Jeff Van Drew
  • State Senator
    Jim Whelan
  • State Senator
    James Beach
  • State Senator
    Kevin O Toole
  • State Senator
    Sandra Cunningham
  • State Senator
    Jennifer Beck
  • State Senator
    Brian Stack
  • State Senator
    M. Teresa Ruiz
  • State Senator
    Joseph Pennacchio
  • State Senator
    Michael Doherty
  • State Senator
    Gerald Cardinale
  • State Senator
    Christopher Connors
  • State Senator
    Diane Allen
  • State Senator
    Nia Gill
  • State Senator
    Stephen Sweeney
  • State Senator
    Thomas Kean
  • State Senator
    Nicholas Scutari
  • State Senator
    Fred Madden
  • State Senator
    James Holzapfel
  • State Senator
    Joseph Kyrillos
  • State Senator
    Nicholas Sacco
  • State Senator
    Richard Codey
  • State Senator
    Anthony Bucco
  • State Senator
    Loretta Weinberg
  • State Senator
    Robert Singer
  • State Senator
    Linda Greenstein
  • State Senator
    Joseph Vitale
  • State Senator
    Shirley Turner
  • Governor
    Chris Christie


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