New Jersey looking at expanding hunting

 New Jersey lawmakers are considering a series of bills that would expand hunting, including one that would allow more trappers to catch beavers. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

New Jersey lawmakers are considering a series of bills that would expand hunting, including one that would allow more trappers to catch beavers. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

New Jersey could allow hunting on public lands on Sundays and allow more trappers to catch beavers under a series of hunting-related bills up for consideration.

Environmentalists oppose some of the proposed measures that are scheduled to be debated at hearings Monday before the state Senate’s environment committee.

They say that killing more beavers could hurt ecosystems and that allowing Sunday hunting on public lands could threaten people who are there for other reasons, such as bird-watching.

Other bills being considered would create apprentice hunting licenses and allow bow-hunting on federal military installations.

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