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Dozens of black bears killed so far in New Jersey hunt

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Hunters have killed 135 bears so far during New Jersey’s latest black bear hunt. The state’s Division of Fish & Wildlife says 73 bruins were culled on Tuesday, a day after 62 were killed on the hunt’s opening day. The six-day hunt is restricted to Sussex, Warren, Passaic, Morris, Bergen, Hunterdon, Somerset and Mercer counties. The first three days are restricted to hunters using archery, but starting Thursday they also will be allowed to use muzzleloading rifles. Hunting is prohibited in state parks, forests and wildlife management areas. The second segment of the hunt, for firearms only, is scheduled to begin on Dec. 7.

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