NJ bear hunt opponents headed to court over protests

December 4, 2011 1:29:45 PM PST
Animal rights advocates will head to court to seek permission to stage daily protests during New Jersey's six-day bear hunt, which gets under way Monday.

Doris Lin, an attorney who represents the Animal Protection League of New Jersey and similar groups, said a state Department of Environmental Protection official had given them verbal approval to protest at the Franklin (Sussex County) bear check station.

But Lin says the DEP then formally denied the protest request late Friday afternoon, instead offering two alternate sites that the groups declined because they offered "much less visibility" than the check station.

So the animal activists will ask a state appellate judge to overturn that decision, with a decision expected to come sometime Monday.

A DEP spokesman was not immediately available for comment Sunday afternoon.