From The Star-Ledger:

_With complaints about New Jersey’s troublesome bears up 44 percent over last year, legislators from the heart of bruin country demanded state environmental officials release bear population estimates they suggested are being suppressed.

“It used to be information that was given out, and now you don’t see it,” said state Sen. Steve Oroho (R-Sussex), who joined Assembly members Alison Littell McHose and Gary Chiusano yesterday demanding the state release its “best estimates” on the number of bears. . . .

But the Department of Environmental Protection said yesterday it does not have a statewide estimate of black bears . . . .

“After each hunt, we had less problems. That’s a fact. And I think the public should be able to see the DEP data showing what we already know — that mother bears are having three and four cubs now, not just one or two, and that we have more bears,” Oroho said. . . ._

All of which begs the question: How do you prove you need a bear season if no one is counting the bears?