“Condor Recovery Program Beset by Bullets”

December 7, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“A recovery program aimed at restoring the California condor to much of its historic range across the Southwest has been hampered by dozens of deaths linked to lead from the remnants of hunters’ bullets, wildlife officials say. . . .”

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“200 Bears Killed on First Day of New Jersey Black Bear Hunt”

December 6, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · Comment 

“Wildlife officials estimate that 200 bears were killed Monday on the first day of the state’s black bear hunt.

State officials have said the six-day hunt is needed to reduce the state’s bruin population, now estimated at about 3,400. But critics say the state’s bear management policy is flawed and was developed arbitrarily. . . .”

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“Appeals court: N.J. bear hunt to proceed as planned” (UPDATED 12/05)

December 2, 2011 · Filed Under Articles · 1 Comment 

“Next week’s bear hunt will go on as planned, according to an opinion by a state appeals court issued this morning.

The three appellate judges ruled that the Department of Environmental Protection’s comprehensive bear management policy — including the provision for a hunt — was not arbitrarily adopted, and that the agency’s findings appropriately followed the state’s Administrative Procedures Act. . . .”

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UPDATE:  December 5, 2011 – “Bear Hunt Protest Goes to Court”

“Animal-rights advocates will head to court to seek permission to stage daily protests during New Jersey’s six-day bear hunt, which gets under way Monday.

Doris Lin, an attorney who represents the Animal Protection League of New Jersey and similar groups, said a state Department of Environmental Protection official had given them verbal approval to protest at the Franklin bear check station.

But Ms. Lin said the DEP then formally denied the protest request late Friday afternoon, instead offering two alternative sites that the groups declined because they offered “much less visibility” than the check station. The activists also want to be at the station so they can document how many bears are killed.

Ms. Lin says the groups will ask a state appellate judge to overturn the DEP’s decision regarding the protest site, with a decision expected to come sometime Monday. . . .”

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