EDISON - New Jersey's first bear hunt since 2005 is entering its third day this morning.

The hunt started on Monday, and hunters killed 264 bears, according to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Another 122 bears were reportedly killed yesterday.

Gov. Chris Christie said yesterday he would consider cutting short the state's bear hunt if state wildlife officials recommend it.

State wildlife officials say the hunt is needed to reduce a black bear population now thought to number about 3,400.

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