EDISON - New Jersey’s extended bear hunting season has ended.
The Department of Environmental Protection extended it after failing to reach its planned number of kills. The state's goal is to decrease the population to keep down human contact with bears.
So far 504 bears have been killed this season. This is nearly double the numbers from 2013 and 2014, when 251 and 272 bears were killed, respectively.
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The increase is likely due to warm weather, as the bears have not gone to den as early.
The DEP was hoping to see 20 percent of the 133 tagged bears in the wild killed. By Friday that number had reached 18 percent.
On Sunday, the DEP will release its final numbers.