New Jersey

Day 4: 25 Bears Killed in Annual New Jersey Hunt

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.

The number of bears killed has dropped from 600 in 2010 to 250 last year.

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