stop bear hunts, implement nonlethal

GO TO BEAR GROUP'S FACEBOOK PAGE TO SEE LATEST WAY YOU CAN HELP

Click here to go to the official Bear Group Facebook page. It has the BEAR Group's up-to-date actions. The BEAR Group's focus is doing things that have impact & matter, keeping us strong, and doing what's right for bears.

Our work will lead to permanent black bear protection. We are the only group in New Jersey that has 85 outreach events, 10 billboards, met with over 57 legislators to keep issue alive, got international coverage for our bears to keep momentum high, does Black Bear Presentations, research, white papers, Op-Eds, has a lawsuit in progress against the hunt, understands New Jersey's political system, and stopped 8 bears hunts since 2000.

The BEAR Group secured Phil Murphy's promise he will stop the hunt. We must hold him to this promise.

Pedals' Law is still critical, even after the hunt is stopped. Pedals' Law will bring down complaints, which are used to justify bear hunting. Keep fighting the good fight!

Senator Lesniak introduced Pedal's Law on October 17, 2016


Visit Pedals' Law Facebook page for details. Contact your state legislators to ask them to support S2702. Find your legislators here.



  • Get involved and be active in the fight to protect bears! 

Look at the events list and volunteer. Donate money toward billboards and literature printing needs. Go to our Facebook page to see the latest things we are doing. Be a voice for bears. 


BEAR HUNTS:

  • - do nothing to protect public safety
  • - do nothing to prevents incidences and complaints
  • - are recreational trophy hunts
  • Governor Christie, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, New Jersey Fish and Game Council, and bear hunters should be held liable for any incidences involving black bears because they have failed to support and implement Bear Smart intitiates.

  • What works:

- Public Education - people need to know how to behave responsibly in bear habitat

- Garbage Containment

- Attractant Control

For more information, visit www.bearsmartnj.org.


  • STILL RELEVANT: 2015 BLACK BEAR COMMENT PERIOD RESULTS

  • 92.4% OPPOSED TO BEAR HUNT | 7.6% support hunt

On August 11, 2015, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council (FGC) voted to adopt the highly controversial 2015 Comprehensive Black Bear Management Plan (CBBMP). At the same meeting, FGC released the tally of the 60-day comment period, which doesn't add up. There is a thirty-one percent gap between the four percent who support the entire policy and sixty-five percent who oppose the entire policy. See FGC report here.

Bear Education And Resource Program filed an Open Public Records Act request (#177273) to review the entire record. On November 25, ten volunteers counted the cards and letters received. Over the next several days, the electronic online record was tabulated. 

A total of 10,093 records were counted. A whopping 9,327 comments opposed the bear hunt, compared to 766 comments in favor of the hunt. This works out to 92.4% opposed and 7.6% in favor. 

The New Jersey Department of Environmental press office: "It's not a popularity contest," the DEP's Larry Hajna explained, noting the uncounted comments "...were from emails that generally oppose bear hunting, and we were looking for substantive comments on why something should or should not be done." 

Our position: All public comments opposed to the hunt are substantive. 


  • 2017 Billboards

Billboards are effective at reaching large numbers of people. Each billboard is 10'5"h x 22'8"w and is up for one month and our goal is to place billboards in different locations all throughout New Jersey.

If you'd like to contribute to our billboard project, click the DONATE NOW button above. Any size donation is appreciated.

Many thanks to Associate Director of Outreach and Advertisement, Doreen Frega and Assistant Associate Director of Outreach and Advertisement, Donna Arcaro for doing all of the legwork for this great project.

We are presently working on getting 10 more boards. Locations to be announced when ready. Please support this effort by donating here


PEDALS' CHARM

To memorialize all the bears who have been victims of the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's lethal "management" and to help fund our continuing bear protection work, we are selling these exclusive charms.

The charm features Pedals, whose killing sparked the same outrage that was felt after Cecil the lion was killed. To read more and order yours, click here.

 
 


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UPCOMING critical OUTREACH EVENTS

Reaching the public through the below outreach events is critical to our mission to stop the hunt and protect bears permanently. Without the public behind us, the legislators and governor will NOT care. And edicating the public about bears reduces complaints and unwarranted fears. 

If you are not tabling with us, start. DO IT NOW!  

Our Outreach Associate Director is always looking for events to accomplish our mission.  Contact the BEAR Group to suggest an event or to help staff one.

In 2017, the BEAR Group greatly expanded our public outreach and advertising. Can we count on you to get involved? 

Please contact our Associate Director of Outreach and Advertisement, Doreen for more information and to sign up.

September

RUTHERFORD STREET FAIR

      Monday, 9/4/2017, Time: 10am-5pm, Setup: begins at 7:00AM

      Park Avenue, Ames Ave to Highland Cross & Williams Plaza, Glen Road,         Franklin Place and Lincoln Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070 

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 9/6/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

OLDE SUCKASUNNY DAY

      Saturday, 9/9/2017, Time: 10am-3pm, Set-up: 8am-9:30am

      Roxbury Public Library, 103 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 07876

      Township of Roxbury

GREEN FAIR AT HAWTHORNE FARMERS’ MARKET, LOUIS BAY 2ND LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY CENTER

     Sunday, 9/10/2017 (Rain Date:9/17), Time: 9:00am to 2:00pm, Setup:          7:30am-8:00am

     345 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne, NJ 07506

PIRATE’S DAY BARNEGAT-WARETOWN DAY

     Saturday, 9/16/2017 (Rain or Shine), Time: 9am to 4pm

     Setup: 6:30am-8:00am, 900 West Bay Ave, Barnegat-Waretown, NJ 08005

RIDGEWOOD STREET FESTIVAL

     Sunday, 9/17/2017(Rain or Shine), Time: 12pm to 5pm

     Walnut Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 9/21/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

FRANKLIN LAKES FESTIVAL

     Saturday, 9/23/2017, Time: 12PM to 5PM, Setup: 8:00AM

     480 DeKorte Drive, Franklin Lakes,NJ 07417

MUTTS MANIA 2017: LUKER PARK

     Sunday, 9/24/2017, Time: 11am to 4pm, Setup: 8:00am-10:00am

     Eagle Rock Avenue at Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover, NJ

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 9/28/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

OCTOBER

SADDLE BROOK STREET FAIR

     Sunday, 10/1/2017, Time: 10am-5pm, Setup: begins at 7:30AM

     215 Market Street, (Mayhill to Westminster Place)

     Saddle Brook, NJ 07663

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 10/5/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

OCEAN GROVE FALL FESTIVAL ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW

     Saturday, 10/7/2017, Time: 10am-4pm, Setup: 8am RAIN OR SHINE

     45 Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

AUTUMN LIGHTS FESTIVAL

     Saturday, 10/14/2017, Time: 10am-5pm, Setup: begins at 7:00AM

     Union Valley Road (Intersection of Marshall Hill Road to

     Bearfort Shopping Plaza, West Milford, NJ 07480

K-FEST

      Saturday, 10/14/2017 Rain date 10/15, Time: 1pm-6pm

      Setup: begins at 11am

      130 Kinnelon Road in front of Borough Hall and High School

      Kinnelon, NJ 07405 

LIBERTY HUMANE SOCIETY-BARK IN THE PARK

     Saturday, 10/14/2017, Time: 12pm-5pm, Setup: begins at 10:00AM

     Church Square Park, Hoboken, NJ 07030

THE COUNTRY LIVING FAIR

      Sunday, 10/15/2017, Time: 10am-4pm, Setup: begins at 7AM at rear of       Visitor Center Parking lot.

      Hammonton Rd., Hammonton, NJ 08037

NEW PROVIDENCE STREET FAIR

     Sunday, 10/22/2017, Time: 10am-5pm, Set-up 7am-9am

     1260 Springfield Ave, New Providence, NJ

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 10/26/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

NOVEMBER

SHORT HILLS-MILLBURN

     Sunday, 11/5/2017, Time: 11am-5pm, Setup: begins at 8:30AM

     Downtown Millburn, Millburn, NJ 07041

MONTCLAIR FARMER’S MARKET

     Saturday, 11/11/2017, Time: 8am-2pm, Setup: begins at 7-7:30am

     Walnut Street Station, Montclair,, NJ 07042

GRACE CHURCH FALL CRAFT FAIR

     Saturday, 11/11/2017, Time: 10am-3pm, Setup: begins at 8-8:30am

     5550 Berkshire Vally Rd., OakRidge, NJ 07438

More will be added. Please check back.

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Use our talking points and write a brief letter to one of the papers listed below, and to your local paper as well.

Please cc Governor Christie at this address:
Governor Chris Christie
PO Box 001, Trenton, NJ  08625

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