On Day 2 of NJ Hunt, 52 Bears Killed; Weather Considered a Factor

The first day of the hunt netted 257 bears.

Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011  |  Updated 11:14 AM EDT
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Bear hunting season starts in New Jersey next week, but opponents say it's a cruel way to control the population.  News4's Brian Thompson reports.

Brian Thompson

Bear hunting season starts in New Jersey next week, but opponents say it's a cruel way to control the population. News4's Brian Thompson reports.

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Weather appears to favor the bears in New Jersey's black bear hunt.     

The number of kills dropped sharply in the rain with hunters bagging 52 bruins on Tuesday. That's down from 257 on the first day of the hunt Monday.     

Hunters are facing more rain and the chance for snow Wednesday.    

Meanwhile, animal activists have asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that restricts the number of protesters allowed at the Franklin bear check station in Sussex County.

The state says the limit is needed for the protesters' safety.     

The state hopes the six-day hunt thins the bear population to help reduce interactions with humans.

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