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New Jersey's bear hunting season is off to a slow start

The start of bear hunting season is off to a slow start in New Jersey.

According to the State Department of Environmental Protection, by this time last year, hunters had brought in more than 200 bears from New Jersey's woods, but they said this year that number is just 26.

The DEP said the weather is contributing to the slow start.

“Because of the higher temperatures, bears tend not to be active when the temperature is above 70 degrees,” said Robert Geist, spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.
“We anticipate as temperatures do decline that we'll see more activity."

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