New Jersey’s environmental agency has released new documentary film and school curriculum to educate students and the public about co-existing with black bears.
The 60-minute film titled “Living with New Jersey Black Bears” was produced by wildlife film producer Dan Bertalan. A version of the documentary is being made available to schools, along with a package of classroom activities.
Department of Environmental Protection officials said yesterday the materials were produced as part of the state’s black bear management policy. It includes public education as well as hunting and nonlethal bear management measures.
New Jersey’s black bear population has grown in recent years and is now estimated at more than 3,400. There have been confirmed bear sightings in all 21 New Jersey counties.