17 black bears bagged on third day of NJ hunt

December 8, 2011 6:49:32 AM PST
New Jersey's six-day bear hunt has passed the halfway mark with 326 bruins bagged so far.

Officials believe rainy weather has kept the numbers down.

Hunters killed 17 bears on Wednesday and 52 on Tuesday. That compares to 257 during the first day of the hunt on Monday.

The state says hunters harvested 592 black bears in 2010.

For information on the 2011 black bear hunt, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearseason_info.htm

To review the State's Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy, visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/pdf/bear/policy_lit/cbbmp7-10.pdf

For information on the 2010 bear harvest results, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/news/2011/bearseason10_results.htm

For more information on New Jersey's black bears, including tips on avoiding conflicts with bears, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bearfacts.htm

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)