Stop New Jersey Black Bear Killings

Black Bear by HBarrison

Target: Bob Martin, State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner

Goal: Stop the killing of hundreds of innocent black bears.

In six short days, 472 black bears were legally shot and killed by order of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Bear hunting season has recently been extended by four days due to the policy that Commissioner Bob Martin passed this year. This means more bears than ever are now at risk of being killed.

Commissioner Bob Martin stated that the four-day extension would help keep a healthy balance of the black bear population and reduce any encounters with humans.

In 2014, there were 2,776 incidents of bear activity reported to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Take a wild guess how many of those were actual bear attacks. Just one. Out of all the reported sightings only one was an actual encounter with a human. Despite this, authorities set a ridiculously high cap of 700 on the number of bears that can be killed.

Sign this petition to demand that Commissioner Bob Martin reform the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy and find an alternative to the murder of black bears.


Dear Commissioner Martin,

The excessive murder of black bears in the state of New Jersey must be reconsidered. The hunting of black bears at a cap of 700 is sickening. The fact that the dates for black bear hunting has been extended goes to show that the killings will only continue to increase.

In 2014, the Division of Fish and Wildlife received 2,776 reports of bear activity. Out of those 2,776 reports only one was an actual encounter with a human.

For this reason, I am demanding a reform of the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy and challenge you to find a non-murderous solution for black bears in the State of New Jersey.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chris Wyman Photography

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  1. what is wrong with the human race, who do we think we are, if some animal gets in our way we kill them, absolutely horrifing.

  2. Heather Brophy says:


  3. Jacqueline Schmidt says:

    I oppose bear hunting or cruel hunting of deer by guns or bow (highly inaccurate, high crippling rate). As well, leg hold traps and snare traps should be banned in New Jersey. These traps are inhumane and indiscriminate. A high percentage of people in the U.S. do NOT hunt (approximately 94 percent), and the needs of the 94 percent must be protected, and stop pandering to hunting interests.

    Policy must be based on science, not politics. For example, with bears, killing is neither humane nor effective as a long term strategy. A host of studies show that hunting does nothing to resolve human-bear conflicts, mostly because hunters target bears in the woods, not the ones causing problems near human habitation. Further, a recent study (Stillfried et al, Aug 2015) showed that black bears adapt to hunting by reducing activity near unpaved roads (where bear hunters are active) and increase activities near paved roads (where there is greater risk of vehicle collisions) during bear hunting season.

    Bear populations will NOT skyrocket uncontrollably if hunting is not instituted. The fact is that bears reproduce VERY slowly. Females reach breeding age at 3.5 years, and reproduce once every 2 years. Litter size is usually 2-3. Larger litters are 4-6, but have higher death rates. Breeding season begins in May and lasts until early July, with mating mainly occurring during June. The implantation of the fertilized eggs–called blastocysts–is delayed until the start of denning season. If the female does not attain sufficient body fat or weight during the summer and fall, the embryos will not attach to the uterine wall (and not develop)—this is one example of how nature controls population size.

    Human-bear conflicts are best addressed through public education, not hunting. Human-bear conflicts are largely a human behavior problem. Resources should go toward public education on how to reduce human-bear encounters, with the following tips: 1) REMOVE ATTRACTANTS. Removing the bear and not the attractant will only create an opportunity for another bear to move in, creating a vicious cycle of conflict and killing; 2) Bring garbage in (or add a capful of ammonia to your garbage can); 3) Don’t leave food or pet food outside; 4) Bring in bird feeders; 5) When you are in the woods, be aware of your surroundings. If you come across a bear, do not run, but rather stand still, wave your hands and make yourself big and loud, and back away slowly. Remember: although caution and common sense are certainly indicated, black bear attacks are exceedingly rare.

    Thank you for considering my comments.

  4. What a sad planet this will be when humans finally manage to kill off all animals. God gave us all these beautiful creatures and one by one we are elimating them from the earth for sport and greed.

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