New Jersey Black Bear Update

We haven't check in on this issue a while. So here's the latest, from The Jersey Journal:
_The number of black bear-related incidents rose in New Jersey a year after the state suspended a hunt to thin the bruin population, according to new figures from the Department of Environmental Protection. . . .

Hunting advocates have argued that without a hunt to control the bear population, bear-related incidents such as those released yesterday will continue to increase until someone gets hurt or killed. . . .

But DEP Commissioner Lisa Jackson, who canceled a planned December 2006 hunt, said the numbers aren't cause for concern, especially considering that the most dangerous incidents fell.

"I don't see anything that is particularly significant," about the overall increase, she said._