Sadly, The New Jersey Bear Hunt Has Begun, We Must Keep Pressure On To End It!

While it should have never started in the first place, the annual bear hunt in New Jersey launched yesterday but fortunately with subpar results.

A huge opening day decrease in the number of animals killed has been reported by officials stating that 26 bears were sadly killed yesterday, substantially fewer than the 206 bears killed on the first day of the 2016 hunt.

State Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Robert Geist attributed the decrease to the weather.

According to NJ.com, Geist claimed that the “rain likely dissuaded some hunters and the warm weather diminished bear movement, and as a result their visibility.”

New Jersey Sierra Club Director Jeff Tittel stated that a more accurate explanation for the fall in numbers is that the state has overestimated the bear population.

For years, state wildlife officials have touted the controversial hunts as an important part of controlling the bear population and minimizing run-ins with humans, particularly in the northern part of New Jersey known as bear country.

There are an estimated 2,400 to 2,800 bears in the eight counties where this week’s hunt will take place.

May this be the beginning of the end for this horrendous and inhumane “sport.” We must keep the pressure on officials to ban bear hunting across all states.

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