A lot of folks in New Jersey would rather try to control the state’s burgeoning bear population with bear birth control rather than hunting. A study indicates birth control is not very effective and it is costly.

Read the article at Carnivore Conservation.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

2 Responses to Birth control to limit bear population won't work.

  1. Kim says:

    maybe we should practise a little birth control on humanity, as oppoesed to always trying to kill, cull, relocate, sterile critters,, we could sure use a cutback,,,

  2. Matty says:

    It looks like there will be no hunt this year according to the local NJ news, the dems stopped it. Hunting groups say this will cause the bear pop. in n.j. to explode from 3000 to 4000 in one year. Well atleast there will not be any orphaned bears this year. Also people need to follow the rules with bear proof containers and caution.
    Hopefully Black Bears will begin to populate the NJ Pine Barrens region, which already has had bears sighted and confirmed there.
    There is plenty of food and habitiat with atleast 300,000 protected acres in south jersey .


November 2006


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