New Jersey Assembly Bill 2634 – Ban on Bear Hunting

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 2634

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

211th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MAY 3, 2004

 

 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman ANTHONY CHIAPPONE

District 31 (Hudson)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

    Prohibits black bear hunting for five years and until study is issued by Fish
and Game Council; appropriates $95,000.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

    As introduced.

 

An Act concerning the hunting of black bear and making an
appropriation.

 

    Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State
of New Jersey:

 

    1. a. Notwithstanding any law, rule, regulation, or provision of the
State Fish and Game Code to the contrary, there shall be no open
season nor any hunting by permit for black bear anywhere in the State
prior to five years after the effective date of this act and until a study
is conducted by the New Jersey Fish and Game Council pursuant to
subsection b. of this section.

    b. The Fish and Game Council shall, within 18 months after the
date of enactment of this act, conduct a study setting forth (1) the
status and management of the black bear population in the State, (2)
an analysis of the population growth of black bear in the State, and (3)
information on the availability, effectiveness, and implementation of
alternative black bear population control methods, reproductive
control methods, and sterilization control methods. Upon completion
of this study, the State Fish and Game Council shall submit a written
report to the Department of Environmental Protection, the Governor,
and both Houses of the Legislature.

 

    2. There is appropriated from the General Fund to the Fish and
Game Council the sum of $95,000 to carry out the purposes of this
act.

 

    3. This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

    This bill would impose a statutory moratorium on black bear
hunting in the State for five years after the date of enactment of this
bill and require the State Fish and Game Council to conduct a study
on the black bear population in the State.

    The provisions of the bill would provide that the Fish and Game
Council shall, within 18 months after the enactment of this bill,
conduct a study setting forth (1) the status and management of the
black bear population in the State, (2) an analysis of the population
growth of black bear in the State, and (3) information on the
availability, effectiveness, and implementation of alternative black
bear population control methods, reproductive control methods, and
sterilization control methods.
Upon completion of this study, the
State Fish and Game Council shall submit a written report to the
Department of Environmental Protection, the Governor, and both
Houses of the Legislature.

    This bill also would appropriate $95,000 to the Fish and Game
Council for the preparation and completion of the study.

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