122 Black Bears Killed on First Day of NJ Hunt

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     Tuesday marks the second day of New Jersey's yearly black bear hunt.

    The hunt got off to a foggy start Monday morning, with hunters killing 122 bears.

    The first was a 165-pound male killed in Jefferson Township, Morris County. The second bear taken was a 124-pound male in Sparta, Sussex County.

    The hunt runs until sunset Saturday, concurrent with the firearm deer hunting season, in an area north of Interstate 78 and west of Interstate 287

    The hunt aims to control the state's black bear population, now estimated at about 2,900 in the hunting area, about 500 fewer than in 2010.

    Environmental Protection Department P biologists expect a harvest similar to last year's, when 469 bears were killed.

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