A six-day bear hunt is set to start Monday in New Jersey, but anti-hunt activists made their case against the hunt in an appeals court yesterday — and the panel is expected to make its decision prior to Monday.
Doris Lin, attorney for the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, who made the argument, told us that it wasn’t an 11th hour plea. Her group had actually filed its challenge of NJ’s black bear plan last year, and didn’t get heard until yesterday.
The state’s Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy is “scientifically flawed and procedurally flawed,” Lin says. The state says that there have been more bear complaints, Lin points out, but reporting has been changed to include more police departments.
“I thought the oral argument went well,” she said. “Now we’re just waiting.”
The Star Ledger today editorializes in favor of a bear hunt: “Until bears wear condoms and stay in the woods, we’ll need an occasional hunt. Bears used to be on the endangered list. Now, it seems, we could be on theirs.”
The township of Millburn, meanwhile, has its own deer hunt planned for Monday.
This preventive hunt is designed to thin the deer herd throughout the Township, hence reducing motor vehicle accidents and property damage to vegetation; while strengthening the vitality of the deer herd. Every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of the public. Hunting will occur with authorized licensed hunters using shotguns from elevated tree stands. Shooting at this angle ensures that the hunter is discharging their firearm directly at the ground, hence dramatically reducing the chances of any additional hazards to the public.
The Hunt will be held Monday through Saturday from a ½ before sunrise until a ½ hour after sunset. All hunting will be done on public land:
1) Various locations in the City of East Orange Water Company property.
2) A Township of Millburn track of land located adjacent to the City of East Orange Water Company property.
3) A secluded section of the Township Par-3 Golf Course.
The Par-3 is closed for the season and the other land is secured and never opened to the public. The Millburn Police will actively be patrolling the hunting areas and adjacent areas.
This year’s hunt will conclude on 31 January 2012.