Almost 510 bears were killed during the annual bear hunt of New Jersey in 2015. When the bear hunt was resumed after five years of break in 2010 the number of bears killed were 592 and this year’s number makes it’s the second-highest harvest.
After the hunt failed to meet the target set by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), official’s decided to extend the hunt for four more days. The target set by DEP was to kill around 20% to 30% of tagged bears, but only 18% of the tagged bears were killed during the harvest.
Officials said that although the number of bears killed was quite less than that of 2010, still the yield was significantly higher in number than the hunts in 2012, 2013 and 2014. In all these years the numbers of bears killed were less than 300 per year.
According to DEP spokesman, Bob Considine, some areas of Sussex County have as many as three bears per square mile. He also said that other states with health bear populations have a population density of one bear per three square miles.
As per records, some parts of Sussex have a population density which is almost nine times greater than other states with healthy bear populations.
Gov. Chris Christie said, “This year, we killed more bear than ever before (and) I extended it to make it longer because we've gotten more and more reports of bears coming into suburban neighborhoods”.