Na­tion N.J. DE­BATES BEAR HUNT

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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.

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