The bear population in New Jersey has been steadily increasing over the past few years, and the influx of bruins has caused residents headaches. Garbage cans have been raided, pets have been eaten, and suburbanites who are not use to seeing black bears have been worried.
So this year, the Garden State opened it's first bear hunting season in five years. The state organized a six-day season that ends Saturday, and so far hunters have killed 441 bears. They're right on track to hit their management goal of 500-700 harvested bears … and everybody lived happily ever after right?
Well not exactly. The hunt has been highly controversial and has drawn heavy criticism from animal rights groups all over the East Coast.