Nation N.J. DEBATES BEAR HUNT
fredon, n.j. » Former U.S. Sen. Robert Torricelli on Saturday joined opponents of New Jersey’s bear hunt who say it is inhumane and blame it for the death of a wild bear that walked upright.
“They’re slaughtering entire families of bears. It’s unforgivable,” he told NJ.com.
His involvement comes after a City College of New York professor was sentenced to 10 days in jail after his seventh arrest in protesting the hunt. Seventy-two-year-old psychology professor Bill Crain of Dutchess County, New York, was ordered to the Sussex County Jail beginning Jan. 6.
As of Friday, hunters killed a record 629 bears, up from the previous record of 592 in 2010. The hunt was scheduled to end Saturday.
State wildlife officials believe the bipedal bear, known as Pedals, was killed during a hunt in October.