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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2004

Contact: Elaine Makatura
(609) 292-2994

DEP PETITIONS SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW APPELLATE COURT DECISION

(04/134) TRENTON - Today, DEP Commissioner Bradley Campbell released the following statement concerning the Appellate Division's ruling on withholding bear hunt permits.

"I regret that the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey has accepted the view that the Fish & Game Council is not subject to oversight or review, even when the Council's decisions on the annual game code affect wildlife policies beyond recreational hunting.

Given the implications of this policy for wildlife management and government accountability, the Attorney General will petition the Supreme Court on behalf of the DEP for a stay of this decision and for review on the merits.

In the meantime, I am instructing the Division of Fish and Wildlife to take steps to ensure that the Department is in a position to comply with the court's mandate if these steps are unavailing.

I also am committed to strengthen the Department's relationship with the Council and to advance the interests of New Jersey's hunters and anglers."

 

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