S. 2369 Bear Smart Legislation

mom cubNJ State Senator Raymond Lesniak has introduced a bear smart bill that would ban baiting and require better garbage control in NJ. The following excerpt is from Senator Lesniak’s website: :

Protecting Black Bears (S 2369 sponsored by Senator Lesniak, awaits Senate Committee action)

This legislation would ban the use of Bear Baiting, the practice of repeatedly luring a bear to a specific location by leaving food over the course of days or weeks in order to draw it back to the same location to be “hunted” during hunting season. This practice is immoral and equivalent to shooting fish in a barrel, and is not a sport. Additionally, multiple studies have showed that baiting has conditioned bears to associate the human scent with the bait, making them more likely to intrude where humans live. Many of the foods that are being used as bait, often human foods such as donuts that are not naturally a part of a bear’s diet, increase the fat reserves and leads to increased breeding.

S 2369 also establishes New comprehensive trash disposal rules in municipalities with known bear population. It will provide New Jersey with common sense practices now used in states with much greater bear populations, such as Alaska and California. Removing easy access to human foods has proven to reduce human interaction with bears. This is the most effective and moral approach to living with bears rather than having bear hunts to make up for the lack of common sense laws and human behavior.


NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS! Please contact your state legislators and urge them to support S.2369, the New Jersey Bear Smart Bill. You can find your legislators and their contact info here: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp

For Electronic Correspondence:

Visit: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp

  • On the right-hand side of the page: Click ELECTRONIC CORRESPONDENCE
  • Then Select Your Town from the drop-down menu and Click FIND REPRESENTATIVES
  • When your Representatives’ names appear, check off all of the boxes to the left and Click SELECT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
  • Fill Out The Contact Form asking for their support of S.2369 The Bear Smart Bill.

For Letters and Phone Calls:

Visit: http://votesmart.org/

  • Enter your zip code in the white box under FIND YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS
  •  Click on STATE LEGISLATIVE, then each individual’s name to bring you to their contact info located on the right-hand side of the page.

Share this information with friends and family.

The 2012 NJ “Bait & Shoot” Slaughter of our Bears may have come to an end, but our fight to prevent another continues!

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