New Jersey Bills Seek to Eliminate Bear Hunting & Management

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New Jersey –  -( A New Jersey Assemblyman has introduced a pair of bills that would outright ban or restrict black bear hunting in the Garden State.

On March 14 2016, Assemblyman Tim Eustace (D-Paramus) proposed Assembly Bill 3527, which would remove black bears from the list of game species.

This action would prevent the New Jersey Fish and Game Council from setting a season for black bears, since the agency is only empowered to approve a hunt for species classified by the legislature as game.

The second proposal, Assembly Bill 3505, prohibits the use of bait for black bear hunting. Bait is permissible under controlled circumstances in New Jersey, as with many other states that permit the hunting of bears. It is an important management tool for the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife to help control bear numbers. The bill is identical to Senate Bill 893, sponsored by Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union). Both bills also require that state public grounds use bear-resistant garbage dumpsters.

Both Assemblyman Democrats Eustace and Lesniak oppose big game hunting, and have been the authors of other bills banning hunting practices.

Take Action! New Jersey sportsmen and women need to contact their state senators and assemblymen to oppose A 3505, A 3527 and S 893. Tell your legislators that wildlife should be managed by science. Let them know that you support the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife’s ability to make decisions about bears and all wildlife. To obtain contact information for your senator and assemblyman check out our Legislative Action Center.

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E.K. Flynn

Proposed bills from politicians that live in urban towns… figures! Come out to the country where sightings in backyards and on the trails are common. When bear become regular road kill scenes like squirrel and deer in the spring and fall, you know we have a population management issue here in NJ.


Well said john , nj seems to be well on its way to becoming an outpost of California communism along with the other idiot ruled eastern coast states with avid anti freedom devilcrats in charge ;leads to communism thier goal,


The know-nothing idiots are attempting to run the asylum rather than leaving wildlife control to the experts. Liberal dopes think they know best about everything but are utterly stupid.

John Carr

Well folks, you can’t expect too much, it’s NJ.


I agree… no bear hunting in Paramus and Union counties.. Two of the most populated and liberal leaning in the state. Leave the rest of the state alone. Let the NJDFG do their job.


Seems like some children will have to get eaten before they see the error in this action. As is always the case, when the ignorant seek to pass laws favoring animals, innocent people get killed.


lol,guess the Rutgers student that was eaten by a bear last year didn’t matter @ all…


let the bears do what they want you bunch of baffons. You will rue the day.