NJ v. Black Bears, Millburn v. Deer

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.

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  1. Herb resting peacefully in his yard the other day when a huge deer with antlers comes speeding straight at him unaware that this was his relaxation period. The usually cool as a cucumber Herb became a little rattled and stood up and made his presence known and the deer obviously intimidated by Herbs fierce demeanor turned and ran. The fallout? A spilled Sierra Nevada and wet NY Post. I’ve made my story well known, destroyed shrubs, beautiful Boston Ivy that once graced my yard is long gone. My previously beautiful ground cover has been replaced by their feces and water issues. That said, I don’t totally hate the deer, I do believe there are way too many of them and they must be controlled by bullet, arrow or Gonacon. You can throw the Black Bear in the mix if you wish.

  2. SUPPORT YOUR RIGHT TO ARM BEARS! That would put an end to the hunt, because up in those tree blinds, you are sitting ducks.

  3. Agreed Conan. Hunting is so lowbrow, as are these hick hunters, who are trained and equipped to go for the quickest, most “humane” kill (as opposed to other animals who just tear their prey apart). And, if we can just “ARM THE BEARS”, oh how droll, maybe we can see just how neatly Nature takes care of prey, in our backyards and kitchens.

    There’s way too many overeducated, under-thoughtful Baristavillain suburbanites crowding the bears’ rightful habitat anyway.

    I fully support bears #OccupyingMontclair.

  4. I have come face to face with bears. Once in New Hampshire and once in Arkansas. Both times the bears ran like hell when I shouted at them. But this was in Nartional Forest land — White Mountain and Ozark, respectively — and those bears still had fear of humans. I saw another bear from my car in New Jersey. I was driving up to Orange County, New York on State Route 513 and I spotted it around West Milford. It casually strolled out of the woods and across the road, which had a number of cars on it at 50 mph in both directions. The cars stopped, but not Mr. Bear. He crossed the road and disappeared into the woods on the other side. That bear scared me — because there is no way of knowing how he would have reacted had I been on foot and shouted to scare him away.

    I feel bad that they have to be hunted down, especially in the non-sporting way that they have to use here in The World’s Largest Maze, but I would rather not hear about some school kids getting mauled on their way home.

  5. Funny bear story. There was a bear in rooting through an enclosed dumpster outside some condos in NH. A gathering of people had assembled to watch the animal from a distance. Soon a police officer arrived and rapped on the enclosure with his flash light. The startled bear stood up, saw the assemblage, jumped the fence and ran away. Unfortunately, he made a beeline for a young couple walking toward their car, and completely unaware of the bear running straight toward them. As the crowd yelled, the bear veered off, but not before giving the unsuspecting walkers the scare of their lives. Hopefully they were prepared with a change of underwear.

  6. Conan- I think it’s highly unlikely that a New Jersey black bear will be mauling school children on the way home. Please stop promoting this type of black bear hysteria.

    I have seen quite a few black bears in NJ, and granted, many are far too used to humans being around, but they are not aggressive enough to leap out at innocent school children.

    Besides, the childen in bear country are well educated on how to handle a bear encounter, it comes with the territory.

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