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Court hearing to be held Monday regarding New Jersey bear hunt

A court hearing is expected to take place Monday regarding New Jersey’s black bear hunt.

News 12 Staff

Dec 2, 2022, 1:44 AM

Updated 590 days ago

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A court hearing is expected to take place Monday regarding New Jersey’s black bear hunt.
The hunt was supposed to begin on that day, but a judge put a stay on the event after three animal rights groups filed a lawsuit.
One member of the group is former Democratic state Sen. Ray Lesniak.
“There are ways to eliminate and reduce bear interactions with human beings by just being responsible,” Lesniak said. “We can do that, and bears and humans can live in harmony as nature wants us to do.”
But some of New Jersey’s lawmakers want to see the hunt go forward.
“Maybe the judge should have the hearing out in the woods where the bears are, and maybe we'll get a quick decision,” says state Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho.
Gov. Phil Murphy has previously ended the state’s bear hunt. But recently said he was in favor of bringing it back due to increased bear populations. State wildlife officials unanimously voted to bring the hunt back.


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