TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey's first expanded black bear hunt in more than 30 years has ended, just days after lawmakers advanced a measure that would remove the animals from a list of game species.
Hunters killed 549 bears during the six-day hunt that ended Saturday.
Some fear that among the harvested is Pedals, a bipedal bear that has drawn national attention after videos taken of it ambling on hind legs surfaced.
Rumors surfaced online that a hunter had killed Pedals but the state has said there's no way to prove that.
Bear hunting had resumed in 2010 as a way to curb what the state said was a growing population. A bear education group has said the hunt instead causes additional problems. Groups and lawmakers are pressing to ban the hunts.
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