Weather puts crimp in NJ’s bear hunt

    It’s not just Philadelphia that’s struggling with the recent wet-weather turn:

    So, too, are New Jersey’s black bear hunters.

    The number of kills dropped sharply in the rain with hunters bagging only 52 bruins yesterday–that’s down from 257 on the first day of the hunt Monday.

    Hunters are facing more rain today and the chance for snow tonight.

    Meanwhile, animal activists have asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court ruling that restricts the number of protesters allowed at the Franklin bear check station in Sussex County. The state says the limit is needed for the protesters’ safety.

    The state hopes the six-day hunt thins the bear population to help reduce interactions with humans.

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