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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Monday, December 16, 2013

So some cold and snowy weather in Northern New Jersey cut into Black Bear Hunter kill levels this year with the 6 day hunt concluded over this past weekend coming in at 251 bruins, 36 less than in 2012............The article below errs in it's population count citing 3000 bears in NJ..........This was true 4 years ago prior to reinstating a hunting season,,,,,,,,,,,,,,This year at roughly 2200 strong entering the hunt, about 12% of the population was extinguished------Is there really a need to kill Bears in NJ when the attempts at coexistence have not really been tried at all by the State Game Commission in conjunction with the towns and municipalities across the state????????

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How NJ's 2013 black bear

 hunt compared to 

last year's

Dec. 16, 2013 8:09 AM   |  
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Newton -- 12/03/2012 -- Kim Tinnes, left and George Garbaravage, both Wildlife Services, NJ Division Fish & Wildlife, tend to a bear brought to the weigh station area at the Whittingham Wildlife Management Area. photo by Karen Fucito/For the Daily Record MOR 1203 Bear Hunt

 Wildlife Services, NJ Division Fish & Wildlife, tend to a bear brought
 to the weigh station area at the Whittingham Wildlife Management Area.
 photo by Karen Fucito/For the Daily Record MOR 1203 Bear Hunt
TRENTON — Hunters killed 251
 bears during New Jersey’s annual
 black bear hunt this year, 36 fewe
r than in 2012.
Hunters faced freezing rain on the
 first day of the six-day hunt, which
 ended with snow on Saturday.
The hunt took place in four
 designated areas in parts of
Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic,
Bergen, Somerset and Hunterdon
State officials say the most bears,
 145, were killed in Sussex County.
State officials say they need the
 hunt to control the black bear
 population, which grew to about
 3,000 in the hunting area in 2012.


Reddhole said...

Very disappointed in the Christie administration in allowing this to happen. I live in NJ bear country and people simply do not use bear proof garbage cans even in area with densest populations.

New Jersey's dense black bear population was one of the main reasons I live here. These are very easy to live with animals.

Rick Meril said...

Reddhole...............It has been a while,,,,,,,,,,,,,glad to hear from you and agree,that Gov. Christie in NJ has yet to show any environmental empathy during his time in office......He claims he is a Jersey guy, but is oblivious to the "Garden State moniker and what should suggest a pro green agenda for one of the most densely populated human states