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David Denbleyker shoots black bear in Hackettstown with bow and arrow

He was arrested for having a weapon as a felon and related charges.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. - A Hackettstown man shot and killed a black bear with a bow and arrow. But now he faces criminal charges.

The bad news?  As a felon, police said 30-year-old David Denbleyker wasn't allowed to have a weapon.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. on Oct. 10 in the backyard of 314 W. Baldwin St. in Hackettstown, Warren Co., N.J.

Denbleyker told police he'd used the bow and arrow.

The Hackettstown Police Department and N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife Bureau investigated the incident.

Denbleyker was arrested by Hackettstown police and charged with possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a felony.

The wildlife bureau also charged him with killing a black bear during a closed season, killing a black bear in a manner other than presented by state game code, possessing a nocked arrow within 150 feet of an occupied dwelling and killing a black bear with a hunting permit.

Denbleyker was unable to post the $5,000 bail and was taken to the Warren County Correctional Facility.

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