With bear hunting canceled in NJ, new policy details awaited

Advocates and opponents want to know how Murphy administration will manage the black bear population

There are a lot of issues on which residents are divided. But around this time of year — without fail— it’s the bear hunt, a controversial season regulated by the state to help control the population of black bears found predominantly in rural New Jersey and, in recent years, even in densely populated urban areas.

The hunt is off for 2021. Now advocates and opponents want to know the Murphy administration’s new policy to manage the black bear population. A statement from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which oversees the fish and wildlife division, said “we will have more information in the coming weeks about our plan.”

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