17 Bears Bagged on 3rd Day of NJ Hunt
Hunters killed 592 black bears last year and believe the poor weather is to blame for lower numbers this time around.
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.
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 Updated at 7:23 AM EDT
New Jersey's six-day bear hunt has passed the halfway mark with 326 bruins bagged so far.
Officials believe rainy weather has kept the numbers down.
Hunters killed 17 bears on Wednesday and 52 on Tuesday. That compares to 257 during the first day of the hunt on Monday.
The state says hunters harvested 592 black bears in 2010.
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