Democratic Governor Reverses Stance Against Bear Hunting

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At a glance

  • The New Jersey Fish and Game Council held a unanimous vote in favor of bringing back the hunt after Murphy said he had to reinstate it. After they did so, Murphy agreed and got rid of his 2018 order. 
  • The council also examined and approved alterations to the Game Code regarding the bear season in New Jersey. 
  • “The facts on the ground have shown that we cannot rely on nonlethal methods alone to protect New Jersey residents from a growing black bear population,” Governor Murphy said earlier this month.
  • “Today’s actions will facilitate the reinstatement of a regulated black bear hunt this year to help limit dangerous interactions between people and bears to protect public safety.”

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