2015 Sussex County Fair

Every year we staff a table at the Sussex County Fair. It's a HUGE event attended by thousands of people. This is our most important outreach opportunity and it is a WONDERFUL venue for us to educate, spread the word about peaceful co-existence with bears, collect signatures on our petition supporting the Bear Smart Bill, gain new members and more...

Please click here to sign up for this exciting tabling opportunity.

If this is the first time you're signing up, don't worry - you'll be with experienced volunteer. If you have any questions, please write to info@savenjbears.com.


On July 17, 2015, the 2015 Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP) public comment period ended. A huge thank you to everyone who submitted comments and worked hard to educate the public about the comment period.

B.E.A.R. may have the results of the comment period by Tuesday, August 11, the next time the New Jersey Fish and Game Council (FGC) meets.

Instead of ending the madness of this trophy hunt, FGC proposed:

  • Adding additional days to the black bear hunting killing season
  • Allowing bow and arrow and muzzleloading rifles
  • Allowing more than one bear to be killed per person
  • Opening up more areas, statewide
  • Adding four more days after the December hunt if weather interferes with the killing
  • Reviewing the policy every seven years instead of the current five

Our educational and activist objectives remain the same - we are working toward permanent black bear protection.

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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

Upcoming Events ***Still need help

  • Contact Angi to volunteer.
  • July 31 - August 9 - ***Sussex County Fair, 10am - 10pm every day
  • September 26 - ***Kinnelon Twp Day (rain date: September 27), 12 - 5pm
  • September 26 - ***ECCR 50th Annual Country Fair, 10 AM - 4:30 PM. (rain date: October 3rd)
  • October 10 - ***Autumn Lights Festival, West Milford, 10 AM - 5 PM.

Peaceful coexistence

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

join us

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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