Please share this piece with Governor Phil Murphy as he needs to hear it from you. He will kill someone.
It could happen Wednesday. A black bear encountered a 34-year-old woman walking along Gurnee Road in Lafayette at 4:30 p.m. Without any known provocation, the bear attacked, attacked and destroyed her. She opened wounds on her right arm and right side.
Had it not been for the actions of a neighbor who witnessed the attack and drove towards the bear with a screeching voice, it was a reasonable bet that she would have been killed. This is officially considered a Class 1 aggressive encounter, which means that if the bear is trapped by New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, it will be euthanized.
Last winter in Sparta, about 5 miles from this attack, there were two more bear attacks that killed two dogs and injured an elderly woman with head and leg injuries.
In the summer of 2020, a man was left with 30 stitches after a bear attacked him in his garage.
This will not stop.
Not since Governor Phil Murphy put an end to bear hunts in New Jersey as a way to control bear populations. He made this terribly misguided decision despite overwhelming evidence from his own wildlife experts that hunting was absolutely necessary and that other available human solutions are ineffective and therefore not solutions at all.
Things are bound to get worse. This is not just my opinion. From Erin Vogt’s article on NJ 101.5:
“We expected things like this to happen when they stopped their bear chase,” John Earndell, president of United Bowhunters for New Jersey, told NJ 101.5.
He said bear numbers are “exploding” across the state and that more accidents will occur, if more preventative measures are not taken.
Look, the problem is that the Bears don’t care about politics or about a governor polishing his progressive credentials in an effort to get the White House. What they care about is survival. They care about eating. They care about getting enough land to exist.
When the population rises, and this process has been going well without being chased since 2020, the bears should spread out more and move to more densely populated areas.
As they do, they see humans more often, which over time causes them to lose their sense of fear. They will naturally become more aggressive. Not their fault.
It is the ruler’s fault.
These attacks will increase. People will start dying. When will Governor Murphy decide it is time to listen to his wildlife experts? Is it when an elderly person bleeds from his wounds? Or would it take a young child dragged into the woods and ravaged to death?
Too draw? Sorry, but this is very important. I’m not going to coat. These are things that will start to happen more over the years if the bear population is not managed by hunting.
Are you reading this Governor Murphy? Or is your head too far from your butt?
The opinions expressed in the above post are those of New Jersey 101.5 talk show host Jeff Deminski only.
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