March 28, 2007
New Jersey Officials Kill Huge Problem Bear
By Dave Hurteau & Chad Love
Yesterday, we linked some of the so-called educational material disseminated by New Jersey state officials in support their push to explore non-lethal methods of bear control. Today, we have a very timely story from The New Jersey Herald that may shed some light on how that new strategy is working so far:
A large black bear which tried to break into a home several times looking for food was shot and killed by a wildlife control officer over the weekend.
The shooting came after officers tried for more than a week to capture the bruin in live traps. "The bear eluded the traps and eluded capture,'' said Darlene Yuhas, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. When the efforts at a live capture were unsuccessful, officers set up along a route the bear was believed to take as he searched for food.
The bruin weighed a hefty 532 pounds.