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"Do Your Part for Bears" 2015

On December 16, 2014 the state released what they want for the next five years.

Instead of ending the madness of this trophy hunt, they are talking about the following:

  1. Expanding dates for bear hunting
  2. Allowing more than one bear to be killed per person
  3. Adding bow and arrow. Shotguns and muzzleloaders are already allowed.
  4. Opening up more zones, statewide
  5. Keeping the policy vague to make changes without going through proper channels
  6. And more. . .

The timeline is moving faster than in 2010. By April, the state expects to have the plan in the NJ Register, hold a hearing in May, and end the 60-day public comment period in June.

We need to work on this immediately in 2015, and.... WE NEED YOU TO STAND WITH US! More information to come. 

ADDITIONAL ACTION: Please continue to call the Governor 609-292-6000 and express your outrage over the bear hunt. Ask him to STOP pandering to this violent minority, which is less than 0.07% of New Jersey’s population.

Senator Raymond Lesniak’s (D-20) BEAR SMART legislation (S687) corrects the state’s failure to organize, implement, and enforce non-lethal solutions preferred by 74% of New Jersey registered voters.

Senator Lesniak’s legislation incorporates the best science as recommended by leading biologists.

Billboard Advertising

Snare traps: The hunter-back state agency that promotes bear hunting uses snare traps to capture bears for hunt research purposes. As a trapped bear struggles to free himself, the wire cuts deeper causing severe injuries. Often these debilitating injuries can take weeks to heal. 

The photographs were taken by individuals who heard this bear scream out in pain. Fortunately, he was freed and his wounds were treated. Many other bears are not so fortunate. This evidence shows how this agency maims bears with their use of the snare trap. And we need your help to stop them. 

Please sign the online petition here and get active. Help us get more billboards by clicking the donate button below. 

Bear Hunt: A protest against the hunt at a weigh station in the middle of a wildlife management area doesn't have the same impact as a billboard seen by thousands of people each day. 

It is critical to keep the bears in the hearts and minds of New Jersey residents. The best way to keep the issue alive is through advertising. 

Bear Proofing Tips


Many of our current events are listed on our Facebook page. Please like us and get involved. 

We are always looking for events, such as town fairs, to staff an information table. Contact us to suggest an event or to help staff one.

Public Presentations, Outreach, EVENTS

If you would like one of our BEAR educators to give a presentation to your school or organization, please email us or call 973-315-3219.

May 29 2015: Silent Art Auction, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown NJ 07960

July 31 - August 9, 2015: Our largest outreach event, the Sussex County State Fair, Augusta, NJ

Write letters

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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BEAR is the only program in the state whose sole purpose is to protect black bears. We need everyone involved. To join, click here.

Speak Up

Please use Facebook, Twitter, email, and word of mouth to tell everyone you know about how they can help stop black bear trophy hunting in New Jersey.


Let Adam show you how. Click here.


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