DO NOTHING TO PROTECT PUBLIC SAFETY
DO NOTHING TO PREVENT INCIDENCES AND COMPLAINTS
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.
PUBLIC EDUCATION - PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW HOW TO BEHAVE RESPONSIBLY IN BEAR HABITAT.
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92.4% OPPOSED TO HUNT (9,327 comments)
7.6% SUPPORT HUNT (766 comments)
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.
We 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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From a national perspective, APLNJ's published report examines how state game agencies use black bear hunt-lotteries as hunter recruitment tools. Read it here.
The hunting of black bear (Ursus americanus) and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) over bait is an overlooked yet critical component of New Jersey’s black bear management program. Baiting for deer or bear changes the behavior of bears and leads to food conditioning and habituation to humans. Artificial feeding contributes to potential conflicts and property damage, alterations in bear behavior and foraging habits, increased or sustained reproductive rate, physical size, distribution, and numbers.
Baiting has significant negative impacts on a wide range of non-target species, and contributes to forest degeneration, predation on ground-nesting birds, the spread of disease and invasive plants, increased illegal activity, and increased automobile-deer collisions. Read biologist Tom Eveland's literature review here: Baiting the Black Bear.
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