Dozens of black bears killed so far in New Jersey hunt

October 10, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hunters have killed 59 bears so far during New Jersey’s latest black bear hunt.

State wildlife officials say 23 bruins were culled on Tuesday, a day after 36 were killed on the hunt’s opening day.

The six-day hunt starts just before sunrise each day. The first three days are reserved for bow hunting, while both hunting with bows and muzzle-loading guns will be allowed during the last three days.

The number of bears culled is expected to be greatly reduced following an order by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy that bars black bear hunting on state-owned lands. His order removes from the hunt roughly 40 percent of the lands where bears were hunted over the past eight years.

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