Twenty-five bears have been killed on the fourth day of New Jersey's annual black bear hunt, bringing the total on the state Division of Fish & Wildlife's website to 189.
Hunters killed 124 bears on Monday, the first day of the six-day hunt. They killed 19 on Tuesday and 21 on Wednesday. Most of the bears have been shot in Sussex and Warren counties.
A bear mauled a Rutgers University student to death in September. A Fish and Game Council report supported resuming the hunt to help ensure public safety. Wildlife officials and opponents of the hunt argue over whether it's been effective.
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The number of bears killed has dropped from 600 in 2010 to 250 last year.