Senator Frank Lautenberg Urges State Not To Hold Bear Hunt
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Senator Urges DEP Commissioner to Expand Trash Initiatives, and to Let Them Work
United States Senator Frank Lautenberg has asked Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell not to hold a black bear hunt, and to expand upon current State trash management initiatives.
In his letter to the DEP, Senator Lautenberg urges Commissioner Campbell to expand upon recent initiatives to provide residents access to bear-proof trash bins, and to include an organized, enforced approach as recommended by Friends of Animals, and international animal advocacy organization with approximately 17,000 members in New Jersey.
The organization praised Senator Lautenberg's action as "a needed, constructive approach on an issue mired in rhetoric. The only long-term, effective and socially acceptable means of living with bears is managing human trash. Problems develop when bears associate humans with food. Hunting will do nothing to lessen surviving bears' attraction to trash, or to address the nexus of the problem: food."
The Senator's press release follows:
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