Court allows protest of NJ bear hunt

December 5, 2011 12:42:20 PM PST
Animal activists opposed to New Jersey's black bear will be allowed to protest at certain bear check stations during the six-day hunt.

A ruling in state superior court ruled Monday says up to 25 people can demonstrate at the Franklin bear check station in Sussex County between noon and 4 p.m. each day.

A greater number will be allowed to demonstrate at two other weigh stations.

Critics of the hunt had been pushing for the Franklin station permit as it is a high-visibility site.

Environmental Protection Department officials felt it was too a dangerous a spot for a large gathering.

Officials say several dozen black bears have been killed as of Monday afternoon.

Wildlife officials say the hunt is needed to reduce a bear population now estimated at about 3,400.

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