Officials: Hunters kill 328 bears in first segment of NJ’s black bear hunt, more than in all of last year

Hunters killed a total of 328 bears in the first segment of New Jersey’s black bear hunt, more than were bagged during last year’s entire hunt and in what could be the final year for the hunt, according to the state’s Division of Fish & Wildlife.
Officials say 42 bruins were culled Saturday, the sixth and concluding day of the hunt.
Hunters had been restricted to using archery for the first three days, but starting Thursday, they were also allowed to use muzzleloading rifles.
The hunt is restricted to Sussex, Warren, Passaic, Morris, Bergen, Hunterdon, Somerset and Mercer counties.
The second segment of the hunt, for firearms only, is scheduled to begin on Dec. 7.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.