SPARTA - While Saturday marked the last day of New Jersey's bear-hunting season, authorities are mulling an extension to reach the quota of kills.

At least 425 bears have been killed so far in total.

The state's Department of Environmental Protection wants to bring down the population. It is looking to harvest 20 percent of the tagged bears.

There are 133 tagged bears and 23 have so far been killed; the 20 percent threshold calls for four more to be killed.

"We have an increasing bear population and we haven't met our harvest goal in the last several years. The numbers continue to increase," says Carole Stanko, of the Bureau of Wildlife Management.

Protesters at a Sussex County checkpoint say the bear hunt is unnecessary and cruel to the animals.

A decision on an extension of the bear-hunting season is expected to be made on Sunday.