NJ town votes to retain ban on bear hunting
CHATHAM TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey town where bear hunting isn’t allowed has decided against changing that policy.
NJ.com reports that the Chatham Township Committee voted 3-2 late Thursday against amending a local ordinance that bars discharge of firearms under most circumstances, including the bear hunt.
All five members had voted to include the proposed change one month earlier, but three voted no following a lengthy public hearing.
Mayor Curt Ritter supported allowing bear hunting, saying local bear sightings have raised safety concerns. Resident Bob Hander said the Morris County township is too crowded for safe bear hunting, although deer shooting and target shooting are allowed.
The amended ordinance wouldn’t have taken effect for the 2017 hunt, which ended Saturday. Of the 407 bears killed, 50 were hunted in Morris County.
Information from: NJ Advance Media.