The bear hunt in New Jersey has come to an end and now state Department of Environmental Protection officials will put together a final number of bears that were killed as part of this year’s six-day hunt.
The Star-Ledger reports as of Sunday, 439 bears were killed in the nearly week-long hunt. That number, however, was expected to rise as hunters were returning to stations after the close of the hunt.
According to The Star-Ledger, the bears killed in the hunt represents nearly 13 percent of the state-estimated population of 3,400 bears in areas north of Interstate 78 and west of Interstate 287.
According to the report, 592 bears were killed in last year’s hunt.