Ruling may let hunters curb New Jersey's booming black bear population

An appeals court has seemingly given the green light to another black bear hunt in New Jersey with a ruling against the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The court ruling says DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell cannot prevent the Fish and Game Council from issuing hunting permits. Campbell favors a contraceptive process, instead of hunting, to curb the bear population.

Hunters in the state claim the bear population has grown out of control, and they want to help bring it down to an acceptable level. Those who support bear hunting point to a recent incident in which a bear cub scratched a boy scout on the hand. Hunters say the incident is proof that the population has grown beyond safe limits.

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