Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bear Hunt Extended Four Days

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Bear Hunt Extended Four Days

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The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife has extended the bear hunt by four days to give hunters another chance to reach the harvest goal of 20 percent of tagged bears.

The firearms season for bear is scheduled to resume a half-hour before sunrise on Wednesday and conclude a half-hour after sunset on Saturday. The bear zones include all of Sussex, Warren, Morris and Hunterdon counties, and portions of Bergen, Passaic, Mercer and Somerset.

Hunters killed 138 bears during the six-day firearm season that was held last week. Including the October bow hunt, that brought the state's harvest to 382 bears. But because only 21 of the 135 state's tagged bears were harvested, or 15 percent, the game code allows for a four-day extension.

There were an estimated 2,400 to 2,800 black bears in New Jersey at the start of the December hunt. …

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