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June 17, 2008

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New Jersey Police Kill School-Bound Bear

I hate to think what may have to happen before New Jersey hunters get their bear season back.

From The Star-Ledger:

Parsippany police shot and killed a 125-pound male bear this morning as it was headed toward Intervale Elementary School, where youngsters were outside enjoying a picnic.

The officer killed the bear cub with two shots from a department shotgun as it was about 100 yards from the children, said Sgt. Yvonne Christiano, a department spokeswoman.

"The officer feels really bad," Christiano said. "But had the bear continued on its path, it would have put the bear directly at the location of those children."

Comments

NLkg

I've said it before and I'll say it again.

Just give us back our season so that our Police officers don't have to do the job of managing bears (a job we are willing to pay for and enjoy)

jack

The officer did the correct thing - he shouldn't feel bad about it. Bears who lack fear of human habitat and interaction are a danger, especially to children.

BTW - a "cub" weighs 125 pounds? Sounds more like a young adult.

Andrew

We need more PETA loving liberals running things in NJ. It's only a matter of time before someone gets killed.

Sexy Man

I just wonder whn the NJ DNR is going to learn its lesson. it's sad to say but it is going to take someone to get seriously hurt or even killed.. instead of paying the police to do it why not have hunters do it... and they will Pay You to do it i just dont understnd this logic at all...

Signed,
The Sexiest Man Alive!!!

CTB

im all for a bear hunting season in NJ. I mean actually I live nowhere near there so it doesnt really matter to me. But I dont think a bear season would have prevented this from happening. thats like saying deer hunting prevents car accidents involving dear. its just happen by chance. and no andrew its not just a matter of time before someone gets killed. how many people have been killed by bears in new jersey?

SilverArrow

CTB
While there have been other incidents including livestock and perhaps pets killed by bears in New Jersey there hasn't been a human death due to bear attack in my memory (close to 50 years now and much of that as a resident of New Jersey). As this most recent incident shows, New Jersey is close to having a tragic -- preventable -- human fatality at the claws of a black bear. Parsippany is located in northern New Jersey perhaps 25 miles from Manhattan NY, it is a mixed suburban and exurban residential town with a relatively good amount of open land connected by riparian and manmade greenways; very conducive to black bear movement. That bear was probably a yearling male driven from more rural haunts by his momma. This is the time of year when more and more bears will be in that same predicament; no doubt this will not be the last bear incident from the Garden State this year.
SA

CTB

Silverarrow
I know this wont be the last time it happens. This sort of thing is unfortunantly becoming more and more common. unfortunate for the bears and for the people in which they are coming into contact with. its not the bears fault and it sure isnt the peoples fault. its really a lose-lose situation. the cops did the right thing. I was just making a point that I dont think a hunting season for bears would have prevented this. silverarrow, as a resident of new jersey could you inform me a little more as to why they ended bear hunting there in the first place? i could understand if the population is dropping but that doesnt seem like the problem. just another flawed system? we are really fortunate in wisconsin to have a very good bear hunting system. people get tags only once every four years. what was it like there?

SilverArrow

CTB
First off, I no longer live in New Jersey -- Thank God! I have been in New Hampshire for several years now and love the freedom!

Now, New Jersey had bear season coincident to shotgun deer season up through 1970. If memory serves a single bear was taken in 1968, no bears were taken in either 1969 or '70. The population was too low to support hunting. The Division of Fish and Game closed bear hunting thereafter. There was no 'Management Plan' for bears, no attempt to restore populations.
About this same time our wonderful federal government 'aquired' some 70,000 acres of rural land straddling the Delaware River in the northwest corner of New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Originally the Army Corps of Engineers intended to dam the Delaware at Tocks Island to make a giant reservoir for flood control and recreation. Without going into all the details the dam was never built. The bear population from neighboring Pennsylvania and New York state expanded into the New Jersey side of the resulting Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The rest -- as they say -- is history; no hunting, favorable habitat and the population grew exponentially. Additional bears migrated across the border from New York into Passaic and Bergen counties while in southern New Jersey remnant populations also expanded.
With increasing contact and conflict between human interest and bear interests pressure built for limited hunting. Finally a hunt was approved for a small area in northern Passaic county near the New York state border. That hunt was held amid protests and lawsuits for one year (2006 I believe) before some spineless judge caved to the HSUS and PETA crowd. I do not remember the numbers but if memory serves less than 50 bears were taken; every successful hunter had to run a gauntlet of protesting @holes to have their bear checked by the F&G folks. At this time New Jersey's political climate is so f'ed up that another hunt is not likely any time soon. The population of bears continues to rise and the range expand into some of the most populous areas of the state; a fatal (to the human) incident is inevitable.
SA

tom

Silverarrow,

I was one of those "lucky" hunters in 2006 who shot a bear (with a percussion cap 50 cal). The hunt was wrapping up great (my dad flew from Oklahoma to hunt with me) until I had to go to the check station.

The protesters were obnoxious to say the least. Unfortunately that is what I remember most about the hunt. My dad and I will never do that again if they open the season here again.

Most states have a hunter harrasment law, and the protest was borderline harrasment.

On a side note, the bear I shot was in Kinnelon less than 30 miles from Manhattan.

MikeD

Silverarrow,
NJ had a bear season in 2003 (328 taken) and 2005 (298 taken) amid all manner of protests and hunter harrassment incidents. After each season, the number of nuisance complaints dropped dramatically. I personally have had an attempted home entry, been chased back into my house, come literally within inches of physical contact with a bear and had a 424 pounder trapped in a culvert trap on my front lawn. You may find this link interesting http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm

SilverArrow

Tom and MikeD
Thank you for filling in the gaps in my knowledge! I left NJ in '99 and have only half followed the situation there since. Tom I have no doubt that gauntlet of protesters was quite disturbing, sorry you had to go through it!
SA

SilverArrow

MikeD
Did you read (NJ DEP Kommisioner)Lisa Jackson's letter to the Council? And look at the same charts she refers to? Perfect example of Komrad Korzine's apologetics politics! Both 2004 and 2006 -- the years directly following the two hunts -- had statistically significant reductions in adverse bear/human interactions! What is she not seeing??
SA

MikeD

SA
Lisa is very clearly not seeing The Truth! When the bears start showing up on "Main Street" in suburban and urban areas, it seems to me that the "bear cup" runneth over and we need to drain some out. I hope its only a matter of time until the sheeple in the Peoples Republic of New Jersey tell Corzine & Jackson to listen to science and not to the bunny huggers and their Disney movie mentality and allow another hunt.

SilverArrow

MikeD
Intervale Elementary school is pretty dang close to 'Main St' (well Route 46 anyway) and too close to comfort if I still lived in Morris county!
Here in New Hampshire we too have bears in all counties and every corner of the state BUT the population is hunted based on sound science. Bears here generally swap ends and head in the other direction when they encounter people. I buy a bear license every year though I haven't specifically hunted them at all, first in the case I came across a bear wounded by another hunter I can humanely kill it, second I know that Fish and Game here needs every penny of my license fees to stay in the black.
Unfortunately were I still in Gulag Korzine I would probably not think about a bear permit due to the @holes (I might not even hunt in NJ anymore); would take all the relaxation and enjoyment out of it to have to run a gauntlet of f'heads like that!
SA

GJZ

To be anti-gun/anti-hunting is not only anti-American but embarrassing to our nation/national heritage.




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