The state of New Jersey prolonged the bear hunt season despite many black bears having been shot by hunters.
Almost 472 black bears have been shot dead in New Jersey’s six day long black bear hunting season. However, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council authorities have decided that even this much killing of the animals is not enough and prolonged the hunting season for four more days.
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This is preposterous yet it is happening in broad daylight. Wednesday morning will mark the commencement of the hunt for the remaining four days. The hunt will be on at sunrise and end by the time the sun begins to set on Saturday.
Those bear hunters who have managed to kill even a single black bear will not be eligible to hunt during the four day extension period. According to the experts, the extension was allowed keeping in mind the harvest numbers.
By allowing the hunters to hunt down the black bears during the four day extension, the population of the black bears will reach a healthy and moderate level. This was the main purpose of the leniency in permitting hunting to occur for four more days.
Also the conflicts and encounters that sometimes take place with people will be lessened via this strategy. The annual black bear hunting season began on December 7th.
The highest number of bears got killed on the first two days when the season was at its peak point. Last year, the bears that were gunned down numbered 272.
This year the number far exceeds the previous count. The extension which has been implemented this year is due to a change in the fundamental rules at a higher level.
If the tagged bears presented at the time of the hunt are lower than 20% of the tagged bears in the wild, then an extension was to be allowed. This happened and the authorities got their chance to experiment with the environmental balance.
The bears are normally tagged by having microchips implanted into them or having tattoos emblazoned on their bodies. It is said that before the hunt this year, the population of these fierce animals numbered as much as 3500 black bears.
One of the directors of a conservation club has said that enough is enough. Such wanton killing of animals does not behoove the rational citizens of New Jersey.
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The policy will surely end in failure, he said. More education was needed to instill a sense of regard for wildlife in the hearts of the people.