TRENTON - Bear hunters in New Jersey are going to get a second chance this year.

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife announced Sunday that it will extend this year's for four more days beginning Wednesday.

The second phase of the hunt will begin 30 minutes before sunrise on Wednesday and continue until 30 minutes after sunset on Saturday.

Hunters who have already harvested a bear this season won't be eligible to participate in the extended hunt.

State environmental commissioner Bob Martin says the number of bears harvested during the six-day hunt that ended Saturday fell short of goals.

Martin says 472 bruins have been killed so far.