Animal Rights Groups Lie & Twist Facts to Stop NJ Bear Hunt

Animal Rights Groups Lie & Twist Facts to Stop NJ Bear Hunt
Quoting lies and questionable data NJ animal extremest then ask their well meaning supporters to unknowingly spread their half truths as facts. –

New Jersey Outdoor Alliance
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance

TRENTON, NJ –-( Below is an announced plan to stop New Jersey’s black bear hunt by two animal rights organizations.

Readers should keep in mind as they read the plan that although the organizations reference a recent study by Dr. Edward Tvass,

Dr. Tvass’ PhD is in physical-organic chemistry and not wildlife management or wildlife biology.

His past works on black bears do not appear to have been subjected to scholarly peer review, which “requires a community of experts in a narrowly defined field, who are qualified and able to perform impartial review. Peer review is generally considered essential to academic quality, and used in most important scientific publications.”

The plan also states that the during the Black Bear Management Policy Comment Period 9,287 comments were received and 6,484 (70%) were against the hunt.

It should be noted that of the 6484 comments against the hunt more than 3,000 were reported to have been submitted by the Humane Society of the United States from their membership ranks, without signatures and apparently without the knowledge of those whose names were submitted.

Finally, the animal rights extremists make a claim (below) that “the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, in conjunction with the NJ Fish and Game Council sabotaged, manipulated, and lied to NJ residents about black bears to garner support for their brutal hunt.”

Readers should note that the Anti Defamation League lists the Executive Director of one of the organizations making the claim as a press officer of a “growing group of tested, well-spoken above ground activists who will provide the media with information regarding actions by the underground, along with explanations of their ideology and philosophy.”

The ADL continues, “the press office is not limited to speaking on behalf of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), the nation’s most active extreme animal rights movement. The press officers are associated with other animal rights groups, both mainstream and more militant, like Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) and the Animal Defense League.”

Below is the message from BEAR Group and APLNJ (formerly New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance) to stop the bear hunt:


NJ – There are Only 63 Days Left to Save Our Bears

Dear Members, Supporters and Friends,

There are Only 63 Days Left to Save Our Bears Two critical actions to do immediately – NEW INFORMATION BELOW

Today, representatives from the Coalition to Protect New Jersey Black Bears are meeting with Robert Martin (Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection) and his chief of staff, Magdalena Padilla.

Today also marks the day when Dr. Edward Tavss’ study is being released.

This week, we will be releasing every scandal involved with Black Bear management in New Jersey. How the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, in conjunction with the NJ Fish and Game Council sabotaged, manipulated, and lied to NJ residents about black bears to garner support for their brutal hunt.


Dr. Ed Tavss’ Study In a study released today, Rutgers University Professor Dr. Edward Tavss states, contrary to what the NJ Division of Wildlife (DFW) claims, bear nuisance complaints in New Jersey have significantly declined. The Tavss Study took 5 months and utilized 4700 records obtained by the DFW through the Open Public Records Act.

Dr. Tavss study is here: or here: The Press Release is here:

Please help us publicize Ed Tavss’ study. Write about this in your letters to the editor. (See number 2 below.)

ACTIONS: The Governor Governor Christie HAS the power to stop the bear hunt. In 2000, Governor Whitman stopped the hunt a few days before it was due to begin. We must remind the Governor how much support bears have in our state. The actions below are CRITICAL! We are asking you to help us make a huge statement for bears over the coming weeks. We MUST make bears the Number 1 issue in New Jersey. We need your help to do this. Please forward this alert to everyone you know.

October 4 – October 9:

1. Please call, write, fax, webmail or write Governor Christie EVERY single day. Be polite, but firm. Do not allow them to switch you to another department. Please let us know if you encounter any problems.

CALL: 609-292-6000 FAX: 609-292-3454 WEBMAIL: (pick Environment, then Fish and Wildlife)

Write: Governor Christie Office of the Governor PO Box 001 Trenton, NJ 08625-0001

Talking points:

1. Please read Ed’s Tavss’ report on his study. Please read the press release. This conclusively proves the nuisance complaints went down, so Christie’s justification for a hunt is unfounded. Even if nuisance complaints went up, the hunt will NOT solve problems. Learn all you can. Time is running out.

2. The Division of Fish and Wildlife, along with the NJ Fish and Game Council not only sabotaged nonlethal black bear management, but deliberately inflated the nuisance complaints.

3. Ask the Governor to STOP the hunt. He has several options, several ways he can do this without much political backlash. Millions of NJ residents are against this hunt and will be outraged and devastated if it goes through.

2. Please write a short “letter to the editor” to your local newspaper about Dr. Ed Tavss’ study. Locate their contact information below. Include your name, address and phone number for verification purposes. NOTE: Everyone reads the letters section in their local and weekly papers. We cannot reach everyone by e-mail, so it is critical that we keep the issue alive in the newspapers. If you have a local paper you’d like us to include in future alerts, please send us the contact information.

In the meantime, APLNJ and the BEAR Group’s efforts will continue, grow and expand – as needed. Please look forward to additional alerts, rallies planned, etc. in the upcoming weeks. Please see below for a sampling of what we’ve done to date, things in progress and things planned.

We are also open to suggestions and welcome input from everyone.

Thanks, Janet Piszar, BEAR Group Executive Director Angi Metler, APLNJ Executive Director — Newspapers: ASBURY PARK PRESS 3601 Highway 66, PO Box 1550, Neptune, NJ 07754 Fax: 732-643-4014 yourviews

BRIDGETON NEWS 100 E Commerce St., Bridgeton, NJ 08302 Fax: 856-455-2633 mgray

BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES 4284 Route 130 North, Willingboro, NJ 08046 Fax: 609-871-0490 [email protected] .com

COURIER POST 1201 Route 22 West, PO Box 6600, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 Fax: 908-707-3273 cneditor

THE DAILY JOURNAL 891 E Oak Rd., Vineland, NJ 08360 Fax: 856-563-5308 djopinion

DAILY RECORD 800 Jefferson Rd., PO Box 217, Parsippany, NJ 07054-0217 Fax: 973-428-6666 [email protected]

THE EXPRESS TIMES 30 North 4th St., PO Box 391, Easton, PA 18020 Fax: 610-258-0988 Jpiccotti

GLOUCESTER COUNTY TIMES 309 Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096 Fax: 856-845-5480 [email protected]

HERALD NEWS 1 Garret Mountain Plaza, PO Box 471, West Paterson, NJ 07424-0471 Fax: 732-565-7208 [email protected]

THE JERSEY JOURNAL 30 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ 07306 Fax: 201-693-9531 [email protected]

THE RECORD 1 Garret Mountain Plaza PO Box 471 Woodland Park NJ 07424-0471 [email protected]

WEEKLY PAPERS: (We depend on our supporters to help us list local newspapers.)

AIM WEST MILFORD PO Box 976 Hewitt NJ 07421 [email protected]


SUBURBAN TRENDS 505-509 Main Street Butler NJ 07405 [email protected]

Past, Current and Present Initiatives – Lawsuit covering the following a) 2010 Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy (CBBMP) violates the Administrative Procedures Act and is arbitrary and capricious. b) The Fish and Game Council violated the Open Public Meetings Act and created the 2010 CBBMP in secret. c) The Division of Fish and Wildlife was derelict in its duties when it failed to file annual reports to the legislature, as required by statute. – Educational billboards – ongoing – Governmental administrative meeting requests with one in progress – Strengthened, updated, and communicated with the Coalition to Protect NJ Black Bears – now 800,000 NJ residents strong – Rallies – Planning several to take place throughout Bear Country. We will need maximum participation. Please look for future alerts… – Black Bear Management Policy Comment Period: Out of 9,287 comments received, a whopping 6,484 (70%) were against the hunt – Exposing the fact that this hunt will cost $600,000. Our efforts to obtain the budget and how they are paying for this have been stonewalled by the Division of Fish and Wildlife. – Attended game code meeting (September 14, 2010) as a stakeholder. More to report later. – Held a press conference on June 7, 2010 at the state house for bears – Contacted every newspaper editorial board and provided information about bears, DFW information, etc. – Bear Faxes are sent to every legislator, bear town mayors, etc. – New website/blog in development – Ed Tavss Study disproves state’s claim about bear nuisance complaints

End of message


Anthony P. Mauro, Sr.
New Jersey Outdoor Alliance: “We’ve got your back!”


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robert krawiec

Didnt know you were banned, do not support canned hunts, do not bait, fair chase only a.k.a. no fences. I have eaten bear meat, I eat every species of game I harvest, no exceptions. The animal is entirely used, meat, fur and the internal organs the racoons ,vultures,fox, coyote, and yes bears are welcome to eat. I hunt from the ground, don't shoot fawns, will take does if permitted. Tastes the same, actually maybe a little better. Lived in Mahwah, had deer and turkeys in the yard everyday. Planted two gardens, 1 for us with electric fence, 1 for us… Read more »

Drew Cerria

…now to continue where I left off before being banned: Robert Krawiec, I have to say that I’m not sure where this debate about ethics vs law is coming from, when I am not the person that brought up the issue of baiting bears. You did! You also claimed that it was illegal. AmmoLand also claimed it was illegal, yet contradicted themself by then claiming it was legal (???). So I do not understand either of you. You both seem uneducated on an issue that you brought up. To be clear, I claimed that I thought you were wrong and… Read more »

Drew Cerria

To Ammoland & Members, Before I continue to respond to Robert's comment, I want to point out the ongoing hypocrisy of AMMOLAND. After making several posts, AMMOLAND banned me from this web site. I was accused of breaking policy and using personal attacks and name calling. Oddly enough, if you read all of the posting threads related to this headline, you will see THE TRUTH, which is that AMMOLAND falsely accused me of: Attempting "to paint all Hunters as law breakers and ruthless killers" I never did that! I have repeatedly commented that this accusation is false and slander. Yet,… Read more »

robert krawiec

Drew, ethics are not laws, as you know. in order to hunt far enough from bait to be legal, you would have to take a shot longer than I would feel comfortable with a shotgun.If you hunted where I hunt, baiting is illegal.Fair chase hunting to some means no high fences, to me it means no bait.Thats my choice, there was a time in N.J. where it was illegal to bait for deer, that was changed years ago.As a former hunter-education instructor, the change in policy convinced me and my wife to find other efforts to volunteer for. The gap… Read more »

Drew Cerria

By the way Brian, The vegan koolaid is awesome. I recommend it. It's good for your mind, heart and soul. Something you could use! You see I opened my mind. I can eat food and know that no animal had to live out a miserable existence and suffer a painful horrible death just so I could have sausage on my pizza. The world is changing right before your eyes. More and more restaurants have vegan food. More and more grocery stores sell vegan foods. Read Men's Health once in a while and see how many athletes are switching to a… Read more »

Drew Cerria

Hey Brian, Thank you for your commment as you continue with the hunter hypocrisy. So it's OK for Ammoland to accuse me of fabricating a story (which is in TRUE) and accuse me of saying things that I NEVER said. It's OK for Robert Krawiec to call me names. But you don't like it when I fight back. Then you decide to call me a troll. You hunters are idiots and your continued posts only prove my point. So keep 'em coming guys! I love how ridiculous you all are. And Brian, this whole comment thread was started because you… Read more »

Brian Damper

Drew; It obvious you are a committed drinker of the vegan koolaid and your displayed hate for hunters is undeniable. There is no discussion with people like yourself on this issue.

I do not expect that anyone would want to a have a dialog with such a name calling comment troll.

Drew Cerria

Guys what's going on?!!!

No responses to my postings?

No more insults and slanderous remarks?

Anyone else want to tell me that I should research this issue?

Anyone want to step up and apologize???


You guys are a joke!

Keep fighting your ridiculous fight based on lies, out-of-context comments, misinformation and ignorance!

You should all be very proud of yourselves.


Drew Cerria

Ammoland, I want to continue to point out that your comment on March 2 regarding bear baiting is contradictory. Your comment first calls me a liar for stating that hunters admitted to baiting on the news during the 2010 NJ black bear hunt. Your second paragraph states that it is illegal to bait and that it is strictly enforced. Your third paragraph is apparently some quote from the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife regulation which gives guidelines for baiting, but does not state that it is illegal. And in your final paragraph, you state that baiting is a "tried… Read more »

Drew Cerria

Ted law,

Why do call yourself "law"? Is that to intimidate or something?

It's laughable. You can barely write with any kind of sense.

Please stop embarrassing yourself and fellow hunters by posting on this site.


Drew Cerria

All arguing aside. I DO appreciate that Ammoland posted my post with the link showing that a hunter admitted to baiting.

Honestly, I didn't think they would let it go through.

Thank you for being fair

However, the rest of you are still idiots!


Drew Cerria

Robert Krawiec, You are incorrect in regards to baiting! The link I posted has a video in which a NJ hunter clearly states that he baited for a week and waited on opening day of the 2010 bear hunt to kill the biggest bear. Just to clarify, it was YOU that claimed that baiting was illegal in your post on March 1. I only claimed that it was a fact that I saw hunters on the news admitting to baiting. Ammoland accused me of fabricating that story, so I have posted the link to the Star Ledger web page which… Read more »

Drew Cerria

Mike, Who are you to decide there are too many bears in NJ? I live with black bears almost everyday from April through December. I have been in my yard raking while a mother bear & 3 cubs walk through. We all just look at eachother. I'm always in awe at how amazing it is. They never threaten me. They look and pass by. That's how it should be. That's how it can be. The problem is people, not bears. It doesn't matter if there are 100 black bears or 5,000. Someone will always try to justify killing them. And… Read more »

Drew Cerria


You may not like the video, but there is no spin to the hunter admitting to baiting.

You guys are too much. AMMOLAND claimed baiting was illegal only a few posts ago. Now somehow, I'm a liar and the video is BS.

The facts speak for themselves.


Drew Cerria

Hey Ted, Your fellow hunter first claimed that baiting was illegal and nonethical. And they claimed that I lied. I never said that baiting was illegal. I PROVED that a hunter did it! I a So don't fabricate more lies by saying that I have no proof. You are an idiot. Watch the video and see a NJ hunter admit to baiting. Also, I had to point out to another one of you idiots that the paragraph listed does not state that baiting is illegal. I agreed to that already you idiot. You would do well to read before speaking,… Read more »

Ashley Sparks

That ledger Live video is the biggest piece of liberal trash reporting on hunting I have seen in a longtime. So much for un-biased reporting.

Down with Vegans, they are the enemy!

Mike Caldwell

Someone needs a realty check, there are too many bears in NJ, the population has gone un-managed for way to long.

Mother Nature is a Mean Bitch, if she had her way they would be killed by predators, eaten, dead from disease or staved to death.

Hunting is the way to go. Conservation Not Preservation!

Ted law

Drew; You are not gonna find any supporters here as no one reading this is buying into your vegan save the cuddly bears BS. Also your arguments is stupid, as you are just spiting hairs on reading the rules and implying that someone broke the law, you have no proof and no one needs to defend themselves to you. You can bait an "AREA" for bears, that is allowed and an approved hunting method. What you can NOT DO and is ILLEGAL in NJ is hunting bears within 300 yards of a bait pile in NJ. That is AmmoLand point… Read more »

Drew Cerria

AMMOLAND, Again, I am forced to point out that you have TWISTED THE TRUTH. The paragraph that you posted does not state that baiting is illegal. It only gives parameters for baiting. It says that you must be beyond 300 feet of a bait pile. And it does prohibit baiting in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Based on this paragraph, if a hunter is in Waywayonda State has a bait pile and is 301 feet from it, he or she can shoot a black bear. Again, this type of nonsense is typical of hunters. Maybe you are not… Read more »

Drew Cerria

Hey Rober AND Ammoland, you tell me. Go to this web site and watch the video where a NJ hunter admits on camera for the NJ Star Ledger that he set a bait pile for about week before the 2010 NJ black bear hunt then waited on the first day of the hunt to "pick out the biggest one". His name is not given in the interview. So do me a favor. Find out who he is and report him and make sure that justice is served for the animals and your fellow hunters!… If baiting bears is illegal.… Read more »

robert krawiec

Drew, Hunting bears over bait is illegal and unethical. You can access fish, game,wildlifes website and check it out for yourself. There are alot of things that are illegal that people do, thats why they have a system to fine or incarcirate them. If guilty I hope these alledged hunters get both. Like I said , do the research and come to an informed decision, not based on your feelings you uneducated, biased, tunnel visioned fool.

Drew Cerria

Robert, You are incorrect about baiting! When the black bear hunt of NJ happened in December, I watched the TV news and many hunters clearly admitted that they had left bait piles for several days before the hunt to get the bears habituated to coming to their area. Then on opening day, they waited for the bears to come back at which time, they were shot. If it is illegal, these men would have been arrested (or at least fined) and the bear groups would have made a huge issue of it. Personally, I find it disgusting. How is that… Read more »

Drew Cerria

Robert, Although your comments are appreciated, they are not necessarily accurate. I DO live in the middle of BEAR country in Northern NJ. I am not a biologist. However, I do know that bears are opportunistic feeders and are considered omnivores (as they eat both plants and animals). I don't think anyone is really debating that. For me, the ongoing issue of bear/human conflict is, honestly, BS. Living where black bears pass through my yard almost daily from April through December, I had to learn to be responsible. I have adjusted MY life in order to lessen any possible problems.… Read more »

robert krawiec

Just to help clarify things for the anti-hunters out there. It;s against the law to bait for bears, use dogs to pursue and or track/chase bears. It is also illegal in N.J. to hunt from a vehicle without a special handicappped permit. While bears do eat plants, berries,nuts etc, they also eat meat a.k.a. other animals live or dead. Bears are opportunistic feeders and any nature show on bears ever recorded shows them catching and eating fish ,and frogs.You can hunt bears to help control their population,or you can relocate them to another area(good luck finding the funds for that),birth… Read more »

Drew Cerria

Becky, Your comment is completely off the mark. OK. Maybe mother nature is cruel, so what. You are ignoring the bigger issue which is: what if the "science", which you so believe in, is flawed? Science is not absolute. It is man-made. It can be manipulated by man. To blindly base your opinion on science is wrong. For if the "science" is wrong, then by your own admission, the benefit for the wildlife is incorrect. There are many issues to this argument. One of the issues is whether the "science" is correct. What if each side presents conflicting "sciences"? You… Read more »

Drew Cerria

To Curt Kills,

Shame on you. Your comment is disgusting.

"Kill em and Grill em" has nothing to do with population control or management. Your comment speaks of your ignorance, so in some small way thanks shining the light on your lack of knowledge and gung-ho killer mentality. You are the "nature lover's" worst nightmare.



Time is running out. we need to unite big time. Please give me contact info how I can get more involved and direct action. WE cannot fail, its out of the question, as a matter of fact, ill take the arrow in my own gut.

Tyler from Wisconsin

Hey Patricia Randolph AKA madravenbear: Take your anti hunting psycho-babble elsewhere. No one reading here want to hear you go on about how the poor bears are so badly mistreated.

If you care so much about animals how come it is OK to keep that poor iguana caged up with while you protest all day in the rain?

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, Read more on this loony at:

Hunters – Kill a bear for Patricia Randolph this year!

Patricia Randolph

There is no science in state agencies. They only hire scientists who are willing to "support the agenda of the department" which is to kill any creature that moves, for license money. It is not just money -they want to keep control of wildlife and nature FOR killing. The solution is to stop funding the agencies with killing licenses – and replace them with general public funds to bring democracy into the agencies for the very first time. Black bears can teach violent men and women much more about peace and values than almost any other creature. Their large size… Read more »

Becky Smith

Drew & DJohnson should be a shamed as your thinking makes more bears and other wildlife suffer than any hunter.

Mother nature is a cruel manager of wildlife, where the fit kill the weak and out of control populations die slow painful deaths from disease and lack of resources.

Although I don't personally hunt I believe in the science that allows hunters to cull excess game for the benefit of wildlife and for the sport of hunting.

Curt Kills

As a hunter your right I don't care about human bear conflicts, because if you let the state game departments manage the population and let hunters like me kill them as needed there would be so few bear/human conflicts the number would be easily manageable by animal control. As it stands now so called nature lovers, with no idea how wildlife should be managed, have sued and other wise blocked well meaning fish & game managers to the point where bear populations have expanded beyond forest into suburbia. Luckily this time we will have the bear hunt and no whining… Read more »

Drew Cerria

Speaking of "twisting the facts"…you failed to mention that Dr. Edward Tavss is also a PhD of Chemical Biology, which is a scientific discipline spanning the fields of chemistry and biology. So OK, he is not a "biologist" per se. But I think this places him in the ballpark, more so than any hunter. Shame on you for being hypocrites. At the end of the day, who cares how many black bears exist? If hunters are so concerned about bear/human conflict, why not address the development of natural areas in Sussex, Warren and other counties? Why not help educate people,… Read more »


I think there is considerable issue with questions of bias between 2 groups directly opposed to each other. The question of 'lies' coming from the HSUS or any other Animal Rights group can be matched by questions of 'lies' coming from any pro-hunting, pro-gun, anti-animal-rights group. (And the further lies from animal 'welfarists'.) Basically at issue is the question of whether a living, breathing animal is a 'resource' for people to chase, trap, hunt, kill or otherwise harass. I, along with many many thousands of others, believe they are not 'resources' as your readers might use the term. I like… Read more »