Environmental groups have sued to stop New Jersey's six-day black bear hunt after 589 of the animals were killed last year. An appeals court is scheduled to hand down a ruling tomorrow, as the season begins on Monday. "The back bear policy is full of scientific flaws, self-contradictions and outright fabrications," Doris Lin, director of legal services for New Jersey's Bear Education and Resource Group tells CBS. The bears should probably pay whoever is lobbying for the coyotes in Trenton to reduce their sentence to sprinklers.
The plaintiffs of the suit claim their objection to the hunt has nothing to do with an aversion to the sport itself, but rather that the state has manipulated and miscalculated the number of bear complaints. "The lawsuit is not about philosophical objections to hunting; it's about integrity and science, both of which are missing from the policy," Lin says. In 2005, an appeals panel found that the hunt never should have happened because of serious flaws in the state's bear management program, and the hunts were effectively cancelled in 2004 and 2007.