On Monday, Dec. 3, the Department of Environmental Protection and its Division of Fish and Wildlife will begin a six-day bear hunt, to run through Saturday, Dec 8.

Officials from Fish and Wildlife and wildlife biologists will be available to provide information at the bear hunt media center located at the Whittingham Wildlife Management Area in Green and Fredon townships, Sussex County, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. Access to hunters and to the bear weigh-in and science station will be available to credentialed media.

There also will be space provided for TV media vehicles and equipment.
Information on the numbers of bears harvested will be posted on line at www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/ on Monday evening, as soon as possible after the 7 p.m. closing of the five check stations. On subsequent days, postings will occur by 8 a.m. the next morning.

Hunt hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Check station hours are 12 noon to 7 p.m.

Extensive information about New Jersey’s black bear hunting season, including hunting zones, hunting rules, check stations, data on the 2010 bear hunt, frequently asked questions on the black bear hunt, and the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy is posted at: http://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm

To read the latest press release on black bears in New Jersey, visit:
http://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2012/12_0150.htm

The Whittingham Wildlife Management Area is located at Fredon-Springdale Road, Newton, N.J. 07860. Directions: Take Interstate 80 to Exit 25 and proceed north on Route 206 to Andover. Continue for 2.9 miles past the only traffic light in Andover and turn left onto County 619 (Fredon-Springdale Road). A parking area is located about 1.1 miles ahead.

Logo courtesy New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

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