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Hunting Methods Hounding - Baiting - Mothers/Cubs Targeted
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The New Jersey Bear Hunt is one of the cruelest bear hunts in the country. Hunters are even permitted to kill mother bears and cubs.
Families are ripped apart just to satisfy a small group of trophy hunters. Bears are often baited and die slowly in these hunts. Cubs are left orphaned, lost and hungry. It is time we end this barbaric tradition.
Archery was reintroduced for the first time in decades during the 2016 New Jersey Bear Hunt. The first three days of the hunt are devoted solely to archery. Hunting with bows and arrows allows for greater error on the hunter’s part and often results in horrific and painful injuries that lead to a slow and agonizing death. Gravely injured bears could suffer for weeks before dying.
Last year's hunt yielded a record-breaking total of 607, black bears killed. Among the 607 bears killed was a well-known bear named Pedals.
The bear who was known as “Pedals” got his name due to his unusual, bipedal way of walking, that was attributed to injuries he sustained to his front paws; Part of his right front leg was missing, and his left front paw was wounded.
Local Residents fought to get help for the injured bear that would peacefully walk in and out of their yards like a human. A petition was created, and money was raised to move Pedals to a sanctuary where he would be safe from harm, but wildlife officials denied all request to help Pedals.
Pedals became a local celebrity, which unfortunately made him a prize target for hunters.
NJ BEAR HUNT SUMMARY:
Male and Female Bears Can Be Killed
Mother Bears Can Be Killed
Cubs Can Be Killed
Mother Bears With Cubs Can Be Killed
Archery Allowed For First 3 Days
Hunters Are Allowed To Kill A Total Of Two Bears, One Bear Per Segment Season
Bears Are Shy Animals That Can Often Be Scared Away By Noise
Black Bears Are Predominantly Vegetarian
Bear-Proof Trash Cans Yield Better Results In Limiting Or Eliminating Bear-Human Encounters
Bear Hunting Does Not Reduce The Number Of Complaint Calls
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO STOP THE HUNT?
Sign and Share Our Petition
Show Up To Local Protest
Attend NJ Fish and Wildlife Meetings
Collaborate With Local Groups
Document The Hunt (Photography/Video)
Contact Local Officials and Voice Your Opposition
N.J. Division Of Fish and Wildlife 609-292-2965
Email Form: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/contactform.htm
Contact Governor Murphy
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