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New Jersey bear hunt ends with 407 bears killed

TRENTON, N.J. - State environmental officials say a total of 407 bears were killed during New Jersey's extended bear hunt this year.

This year the hunt lasted 16 days, which was the longest of the 10 hunts held since 2003, according to NJ.com.

Officials extended this year's hunt for four days because there weren't enough tagged bears killed.

Hunters bagged 382 black bears overall during both segments of the scheduled 12-day hunt in October and December.

A record 636 black bears were killed during the 2016 hunt.

It may have been the last hunt for a while in New Jersey, as Governor-elect Phil Murphy, who takes office in January, says he'll stop it and look into other methods for managing the bear population.


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