Appeals court denies challenge to New Jersey bear hunt

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A state appeals court has rejected a challenge to New Jersey’s bear hunt brought by animal protection organizations.

The League of Humane Voters of New Jersey and the Animal Protection League of New Jersey had sued to stop the implementation of 2015 rules that added a second annual hunt, increased the number of hunting permits and allowed bow hunting. In Tuesday’s ruling, the court rejected arguments that the state inflated the number of complaints about bears and didn’t give enough consideration to non-lethal means of controlling the population such as fertility control and relocation. The bear hunt was reintroduced in New Jersey in 2003 and has been held annually since 2010.