New Jersey black bear hunt on hold after judge issues temporary stay

The hunt was originally set for December 5-10

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Thursday, December 1, 2022
NJ black bear hunt on hold
Governor Phil Murphy decided to bring the black bear hunt back to New Jersey after previously opposing it.

NEW JERSEY (WABC) -- Any New Jerseyans who were hoping to sing "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" and mean it this year, are going to have to wait for another day.

An appeals court judge issued a stay, halting the black bear hunt less than a week before it was set to start.

In November, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy requested the bear hunt be reinstated after previously opposing it, due to an increase in bear sightings in the state.

Some wildlife officials predict New Jersey's bear population could grow to more than 4,000 over the next two years. However, the lawsuit that prompted the stay claims bear-related incidents are not abnormally high.

The lawsuit was filed by groups including the Animal Protection League of New Jersey, the Humane Society of the United States, and Friends of Animals. It alleges that the state illegally used its emergency powers without public input.

The hunt was originally set for December 5-10. It is now expected to be on hold as the judge considers the lawsuit and a hears response from the state.


* Get Eyewitness News Delivered

* More New Jersey news

* Send us a news tip

* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts

* Follow us on YouTube

Submit a tip or story idea to Eyewitness News

Have a breaking news tip or an idea for a story we should cover? Send it to Eyewitness News using the form below. If attaching a video or photo, terms of use apply.