December 1, 2015: Julia Orr's HUFF POST Blog: 

WHY IS OUR WILDLIFE FOR SALE TO THRILL KILL HUNTERS?


Bear hunts:

  1. dO NOthing to protect public safety

  2. DO NOTHING TO PREVENT INCIDENCES AND COMPLAINTS

  3. 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 initiatives. 

What works:

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

  2. Garbage Containment

  3. Attractant Control

For more information, please visit www.bearsmartnj.org.


UPDATED: 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. 


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2015 BLACK BEAR COMMENT PERIOD RESULTS

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.

B.E.A.R. is demanding that the NJ-DEP Commissioner oversee this rouge agency and not sign off on a plan that expands the hunt in every conceivable way, which shouts out more about the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) providing targets for its hunter-clients than addressing bear complaints and incidences.

A conflict of interest? The same hunter-backed agency (DFW) that tabulates all the complaints, also promotes the hunt. DFW’s dangerously clueless approach to black bears is owed, in large part, to who is running it. The Fish and Game Council, six of whose eleven members must represent hunting clubs, “oversees” the DFW and nominates its director. 

Thanks to everyone who submitted comments. After years of slandering bears, DFW only managed to garner 390 public comments in favor of the CBBMP. A whopping 6,635 were against it. The FGC’s unanimous vote was biased, ignoring the vast majority of public comments. Even without the missing thirty-one percent, the public is clearly against the plan. The vote should have reflected that sentiment. This is why DEP oversight and a recount is necessary.

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

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