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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2003

Contact: Amy Cradic
(609) 984-1795

Updated Information on Wednesday's Bear Hunt

(03/179) TRENTON -- A total of 39 bears were taken statewide on Wednesday, December 10 - the third day of the bear hunt, bringing the total number to 221.

Of the 221, 144 bear were female and 77 male. A total of 168 bear were taken in Sussex County, 22 in Warren County, 14 in Morris County, 16 in Passaic County and one in Bergen County. A total of 30 of the 221 bears taken were among the bears tagged by the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife within the past year. Of the 221 bear taken, nine were previously identified as nuisance bears, 6 were taken in previously identified problem areas where bear/human conflicts occurred. Three bear taken during the hunt had been previously relocated out of an urban area.

Thirteen bears were taken from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

NOTE TO PRESS: The DEP press office will issue current-day bear hunt information at approximately 5:00 p.m.

 

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