November 15, 2006

New Jersey’s Bear Hunt.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 10:13 pm

Same shit, different year.

It’s true. Each year about this time for the past four years (e.g. last year’s post – there are also posts for prior years in the archives), we endure the Bear Hunt – No Bear Hunt Debate.

All indications are that New Jersey, the most densely populated state, has too many black bears, and they tend to wander onto people’s property, leading to an occasional and potentially dangerous person-bear encounter.

The hunters want to shoot them, and other folks think that better garbage management is the answer. Of course, like just about everything in the Garden State, it has become a bullshit political matter.

A hunt previously had been scheduled for December, but our new Governor (and former Senator) Jon Corzine doesn’t like the idea of a bear hunt. According to the Star Ledger, Governor Corzine wrote a letter to Lisa Jackson, who was appointed by Jon Corzine to head the Department of Environmental Protection, in which he stated that the state’s Bear Management Policy, approved by the former Head of the Department of Environmental Protection, doesn’t reflect his views on the hunt and that he would like to see the state rely on non-lethal methods to control the bear population.

Not surprisingly, Lisa Jackson agreed with her boss and said that the Department would not approve a hunt.

So, now the hunters are considering suing the state.

Like I said: same shit, different year.

10 Comments »

  1. Hmmmmm… How about every ‘problem’ bear gets relocated to an environmentalists’ backyard? They want to protect the bears, so protect ‘em.

    Comment by DMerriman — November 16, 2006 @ 1:57 am

  2. Thank you for making me feel better about living in South Carolina.

    Comment by James old guy — November 16, 2006 @ 8:26 am

  3. It is a sad state of affairs. But, quite funny, you must admit.

    I’ve seen adult deer less than 100# in a certain southern state. All because they were over populated and there wasn’t enough food for them all to eat.

    DMerriman – Great idea. You run for office, I’ll vote for ya!!

    Comment by DNR — November 16, 2006 @ 10:13 am

  4. While deer are a huge problem in most places – they are a tad less dangerous than bears (unless you happen to hit one while driving). In Chicago, any mention of culling the herd of 3/4 of a million was met with –

    No! You can’t kill Bambi! There must be a better way!

    The wankers. Someone should’ve told these dweebs that Walt Disney was peddling fantasy not reality. sheesh.

    Comment by Teresa — November 16, 2006 @ 11:55 am

  5. Ok you say same shit, but is that BEAR shit, and is it in the woods?

    (sorry, I’m so tired today, my sense of humor is a bit off – even for me. I just couldn’t resist that!)

    Comment by Tammi — November 16, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

  6. Wow, didn’t see that one coming from a mile away!

    I don’t care what anybody says, if I or one of my loved ones is outside and a bear approaches, he’s getting his head blown off!

    Plain and simple.

    Comment by Dino P. Crocetti — November 16, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

  7. Hey Jim!

    Why don’t we all just get together and have us a good ol’ fashioned GOVERNOR HUNT??!?!?!!!

    RWR
    http://www.rightwingrocker.com

    Comment by RightWingRocker — November 16, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

  8. “The hunters want to shoot them, and other folks think that better garbage management is the answer.”

    Shooting bears would BE better garbage management :-)

    Comment by Harvey — November 19, 2006 @ 3:45 pm

  9. “Hmmmmm… How about every ‘problem’ bear gets relocated to an environmentalists’ backyard?”

    Why not kill the thing if it is a “problem bear” why relocate it anywhere. We DO NOT NEED A HUNT. I live in ‘bear country’ in Hardwick and there arent that many. If we need to control them lets start with destroying the ones that do cause problems. But let it be a real problem. Not one like the jerk in Worthington State forest who was feeding the bear a bagel then when the bagel was gone the bear rushed the guy. There we should shot the guy for being an idiot.

    Comment by Jim — November 25, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  10. Sorry to confuse you. The number 9 response is a different Jim then the orginally poster.

    Comment by Jim P. — November 26, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

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