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N.J. bear hunt begins despite protests

Updated: December 6, 2005, 12:54 PM ET
By John Curran | Associated Press — Dec. 6, 2005

VERNON, N.J. — As opponents turned out to denounce them, hunters killed more than 50 bears Monday at the start of a state-authorized hunt aimed at thinning New Jersey's burgeoning bear population.

The hunt, restricted to the state's northwestern corner and open to about 4,400 hunters with permits, got under way in freezing weather after legal challenges by animal rights groups failed.

Black bears, once near extinction in the state, are now a common sight, menacing people, scampering ...

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