In only six days, 472 black bears were legally shot and killed in New Jersey. The first day of the hunt resulted in the deaths of 216 bears. If this year’s hunts is like the previous years, this number includes mothers, yearlings and little cubs. The hunt ended as scheduled, 30 minutes after sunset on Saturday. Right after the hunt was over, it was time to tally the deaths. Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) would decide whether an ongoing bear hunt in the state of New Jersey should be extended by several additional days. This decision would be made only if the death toll remained below 700.
Sunday through Tuesday the bears had a little bit of tranquility, while the DEP decided to extend the hunt for four more days. In Wednesday morning, the hunting returned again in the bear country.
A DEP reported that “The hunt curbs the growing bear population and prevents the number of human conflicts in residential areas.” From what we know, for the most part, these “conflicts” have been harmless.
“Out of 2,776 incidents of bear activity reported to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife in 2014, only one of them was categorized as a “human attack.” The most commonly reported bear-related incidents were sightings (874 reports), followed by “garbage” (553) and “nuisance” (473).”
They say that the good weather has been in favor of the hunters. They were able to “harvest” way more than they ever imagined. From the statistics we have, this year’s hunt has surpassed the last two years. For 2-14 the number was (272 bears), and for 2013 it was (251 bears.)
It is really sad to see phenomena like this being legal. If they say this is for “human protection” then they can use different forms of protection. There is no need to kill little cubs because they don’t pose any threat to humanity! We need to see how is this going, but so far i don’t like it!
What do you think?