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Animal Activists Demand Ban On Bear Hunting In New Jersey

October 14, 2018 - 4:47 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- The newly-restricted six-day bear hunt in New Jersey ended with far fewer numbers than last year, but opponents say it’s still not enough.

More than one hundred fewer bears were killed over the six-day hunt on private land — which came after Governor Phil Murphy signed an Executive Order to close state lands to the hunt — but activists groups are still not happy.

Eleanor Hoffman of the Bear Group was one of about 50 activists who gathered outside the check station in Sussex County demanding that the governor do more to save the bears in New Jersey.

“We all feel the pain that these animals are going through,” Hoffman explained. “It’s so frustrating when you put everything into it and you get this negative result.”

Angie Mettler, of the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, was also at the rally and called on Gov. Murphy to act.

“Murphy’s law: What can go wrong, will go wrong for you. You lost my vote permanently,” Mettler said through a megaphone.

According to the Governor’s Office, a complete ban on the hunt is not possible due to a Supreme Court decision from 2005.