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Brazen New Jersey Bears Spur First Hunt in Five Years

New Jersey, the most-densely populated U.S. state, will hold its first black bear hunt since 2005 after more than 1,200 incidents were reported this year.

The number of bears in northwestern New Jersey has grown to more than 3,400 from 500 in 1992, according to a Department of Environmental Protection press release today. From Jan. 1 to June 20, 13 “aggressive” bears were captured and put down, compared with eight in the same period of 2009, the agency said.