Move Afoot to Ban Bear Hunting in New Jersey

With the latest bear-hunting season ending with 562 animals killed, lawmakers are reviving efforts to ban future hunts in New Jersey.

For the second time in less than a week, a legislative panel yesterday voted out a bill that would prevent the hunting of bears, a policy endorsed by three former governors before this administration.

But proponents of the bill concede it is unlikely that any such measure will be signed by Gov. Chris Christie, even if it advances that far in the current session. Instead, they hope to lay the groundwork to have it quickly enacted by the next governor.

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