Hearing set for NJ black bear hunt

(AP) - Regulators are set to discuss new rulesthat would authorize New Jersey's first bear hunt in five years.

The Environmental Protection Department and the Fish and GameCouncil have scheduled a hearing in Trenton Tuesday night.

Acting Environmental Commissioner Bob Martin approved the plan,saying research shows the black bear population is growing. Martinalso says the number of serious bear incidents, including attackson domestic and farm animals, is on the rise.

A group opposed to the hunt is suing the Fish and Game Council.

The Bear Education and Resource Group claims the councilviolated the Open Public Meeting Act, which requires the council toallow members of the public to attend its meetings.

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