Stop New Jersey Black Bear Killings

Black Bear by HBarrison

Target: Bob Martin, State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner

Goal: Stop the killing of hundreds of innocent black bears.

In six short days, 472 black bears were legally shot and killed by order of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Bear hunting season has recently been extended by four days due to the policy that Commissioner Bob Martin passed this year. This means more bears than ever are now at risk of being killed.

Commissioner Bob Martin stated that the four-day extension would help keep a healthy balance of the black bear population and reduce any encounters with humans.

In 2014, there were 2,776 incidents of bear activity reported to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Take a wild guess how many of those were actual bear attacks. Just one. Out of all the reported sightings only one was an actual encounter with a human. Despite this, authorities set a ridiculously high cap of 700 on the number of bears that can be killed.

Sign this petition to demand that Commissioner Bob Martin reform the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy and find an alternative to the murder of black bears.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner Martin,

The excessive murder of black bears in the state of New Jersey must be reconsidered. The hunting of black bears at a cap of 700 is sickening. The fact that the dates for black bear hunting has been extended goes to show that the killings will only continue to increase.

In 2014, the Division of Fish and Wildlife received 2,776 reports of bear activity. Out of those 2,776 reports only one was an actual encounter with a human.

For this reason, I am demanding a reform of the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy and challenge you to find a non-murderous solution for black bears in the State of New Jersey.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chris Wyman Photography

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