New Jersey Bear Brawl: Two Black Bears Exchange Blows in Resident’s Front Yard
OutdoorHub Reporters 05.10.19
After hearing a loud commotion outside, a New Jersey resident peered out his window to see two large black bears engaged in, what looked like a heavyweight fight between two brawny opponents.
According to Fox News, the two bears were caught on camera in the front yard of Frankford Township resident, Corey Bale.
“When I went out to look, I actually heard the bears’ jaws hitting together as they were fighting and growling at each other,” Bale reportedly told NJ.com. In the video below, you can hear Bale and another friend react to what they’re seeing “right on the front yard,” but it wasn’t long before they felt uneasy about being outside.
(Warning: video contains language NSFW)
Once the two bears were done squashing their beef, Bale said he found blood and chunks of hair out in the yard.
New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection has warned NJ residents of increased bear sightings as the warmer weather becomes more frequent. However, due to persistent pressure from animal rights folks, the current Governor of the Garden State is apparently contemplating blocking bear hunting in the state.
To offer you more insight, we’ll leave you with this Instagram post from our buddy Cam Hanes discussing the topic:
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A couple of cuddly black bear playing recently in New Jersey. The current Governor of NJ under pressure from animal rights extremists is contemplating shutting down the bear hunting season in his state. It’s predicted without hunting, NJ bear population will double in the next 4 years. Here’s some history on black bear in New Jersey. The American black bear is native to New Jersey. Prior to European settlement black bears lived in forested regions throughout the state. As European settlement progressed, forests were cleared for towns, farming and lumber. Black bears were killed indiscriminately by settlers to protect their crops and livestock. In 1953, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council classified the black bear as a game animal, affording it protection from indiscriminate killing. Limited hunting was legal for black bear until 1971 when the Council, based on an assessment by Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) biologists, closed the hunting season. DFW biologists began conducting research on New Jersey’s black bears in 1980. Over the last 35 years, the Garden State’s black bear population has been increasing and expanding its range southward and eastward from the forested areas of northwestern New Jersey. The population has grown due to increased black bear habitat as agricultural land reverted to mature forests, protection afforded by game animal status, and bears dispersing into New Jersey from increasing populations in Pennsylvania and New York. Additionally, the state’s black bears have some of the largest litters and highest reproductive rates in the nation. Today, black bears can be found throughout the state. Since 1980, the DFW has steadily increased its efforts to responsibly manage our large and expanding black bear population and to be responsive to the increasing conflicts between bears and people. Darsh Patel, a 22-year-old Rutgers student, was killed by a black bear while hiking in West Milford. Recent attacks, along with an interest in big-game hunting from sportsmen, kept the hunt on each year, as state officials under previous Governor Christie saw it as an effective way to keep the bear population healthy but in check.