A new legislative session started on January 12, 2022.
A1967 – Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33) reintroduced legislation to strengthen the current feeding ban law, which will reduce complaints and incidents with black bears. The new bill number is: A1967. It’s time to start lobbying our legislators to co-sponsor and support A1967.
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2020-2021 Legislation – Will update when introduced.
S752/A1209 – Institutes a moratorium on black bear hunting. . until adoption of new comprehensive policy on black bear management.
In the Senate, S752 is sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) and Senator Loretta Winberg (D-37) and Co-sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein. In the Assembly, A1209 is sponsored by Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-16).
This bill requires the New Jersey Fish and Game Council to immediately begin the process of formulating a new comprehensive policy for the management of black bear, and would institute a moratorium on black bear hunting in the State until the policy is adopted. This bill would explicitly require the council to study non-lethal population control methods as part of the comprehensive policy required by the bill.
S751/A3567 – Requires annual update of comprehensive policy for managing black bear.
In the Senate, S751 is sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal (D-11) and Senator Loretta Winberg (D-37) and Co-sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein. In the Assembly, A3567 is sponsored by Assemblyman Daniel R. Benson (D-14).
This bill requires the New Jersey Fish and Game Council to update the comprehensive policy for the management of black bear on an annual basis. The updated policy would be subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Environmental Protection.
OPPOSE: (Will update if reintroduced)
S1250 – Prohibits baiting of black bears for hunting purposes.
In the Senate, S1250 is sponsored by Senator Vin Gopal (D-11).
Why we oppose this bill: This bill does not apply in the case of unintentional feeding of a black bear OR the use and placement of bait for deer. A deer bait station is a bear bait station. Deer, who are baited in bear areas must be included or it’s meaningless if the objective is to stop baiting bears.
NOTE: We’ve asked the sponsor to include deer in bear areas.
Ask your legislators to support the two bear bills above by signing on as Co-Sponsors. You can find your Senator and two Assembly members by clicking here.