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New Jersey extends black bear hunt, starting Wednesday

The New Jersey black bear hunt has been extended by up to four additional, according to officials from the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

The next phase of Segment B of the season (Segment A was October 8-13) will begin a half-hour prior to sunrise on Wednesday, December 12 and will continue until a half-hour after sunset on Saturday, December 15.

New Jersey’s Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, which has been integrated into the Game Code, mandates that the Division of Fish and Wildlife extend the bear hunting season by four days should the harvest rate not achieve a 20 percent threshold.

That harvest rate is deemed necessary to provide better ecological balance to the bear population and reduce the potential for bear-human encounters. The harvest rate for the season stands at 13.3%.

The total number of bears harvested in October was 140. The preliminary total for the number of bears harvested in December to date is 70 for a season total of 210.

Black Bear Harvest by County:

County Bears Harvested in Segment A, 2018 Segment A Total Bears Harvested in Segment B, 2018 Segment B Total Season Total
10/8 10/9 10/10 10/11 10/12 10/13 12/3 12/4 12/5 12/6 12/7 12/8
Sussex 15 13 7 7 22 15 79 6 8 6 6 5 8 39 118
Warren 7 7 4 1 3 8 30 6 2 3 1 4 2 18 48
Passaic 6 2 0 2 1 2 13 2 0 1 1 0 3 7 20
Morris 8 1 2 1 1 3 16 1 2 0 0 1 0 4 20
Bergen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hunterdon 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4
Somerset 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mercer 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 36 23 13 12 27 29 140 15 12 10 8 11 14 70 210

Hunters must register their bears at the nearest check stations between noon and 7:00 p.m. Check stations include those at the Whittingham, Greenpond, and Pequest Wildlife Management Areas.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo Courtesy: NJDEP/Bear in skunk cabbage)