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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 9, 2003

Contact: Amy Cradic
(609) 984-1795

Federal Judge Lifts Prohibition on Bear Hunting at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area; Updated Bear Hunt Information

(03/174) TRENTON -- United States District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton today lifted the federal court order prohibiting hunting for bears at the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

The Order, issued Friday December 5, 2003, was in response to a federal suit filed by Fund for Animals claiming that the Director of the National Park Service and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior had violated the National Park Service Organic Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. Fund for Animals also alleged that the hunt would cause irreparable harm to their members and was against the public interest. The New Jersey Fish and Game Council sought and was granted the right to intervene in the lawsuit to defend the bear hunting season, which was part of the 2003 Game Code adopted by the Council.

Ruling against the Fund for Animals in all counts, Judge Walton found that the Fund had failed to establish any violations of the statutes by the National Park Service or the Secretary of the Interior. The court also failed to find that Fund for Animals would suffer any irreparable harm.

A summary of Judge Walton’s decision is posted on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s homepage at www.state.nj.us/dep.

A total of 116 bear were taken during the first day of the bear hunt, which began yesterday, December 9. Of the 116, 76 bear were female and 40 male. A total of 85 bear were taken in Sussex County, 13 in Warren County, seven in Morris County, 10 in Passaic County and one in Bergen County. Of the 116 bear taken, six were previously identified as nuisance bears and five were taken in previously identified problem areas where bear/human conflicts occurred. One bear taken during the hunt had been previously relocated out of an urban area.

NOTE TO PRESS: For the remainder of the bear hunt, the DEP press office will issue current- day bear hunt information at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Since the mandatory check stations operate until 9:00 p.m., a final daily count of bear taken will be released the following morning.

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