The Christie administration formally adopted a black bear management plan Monday that brings several major changes to New Jersey’s annual bear hunt, broadening the area where hunting can occur and potentially extending the hunt by an extra four days if the state’s targeted number of kills is not met… "Hunting is an important tool in maintaining an ecological balance with our black bear population and is necessary to reduce the potential for conflicts between bears and people," said Bob Martin, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection. "The comprehensive policy we have adopted is based on the most up-to-date science and population estimates, and continues to stress the importance of research and public education."… Wildlife experts say that there is so much food here that bears here are having more cubs than usual. While the typical female black bear has a litter of one to three cubs, those in North Jersey tend to have three to six cubs, according to Brooke Maslo, a wildlife ecologist at Rutgers University.
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