Get involved and be active in the fight to protect bears! 

Look at the events list and volunteer. Donate money toward billboards and literature printing needs. Go to our Facebook page to see the latest things we are doing. Be a voice for bears. 

Bear hunts:

  1. dO NOthing to protect public safety



Governor Christie, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, New Jersey Fish and Game Council, and bear hunters should be held liable for any incidences involving black bears because they have failed to support and implement Bear Smart initiatives. 

What works:

  1. Public Education - people need to know how to behave responsibly in bear habitat. 

  2. Garbage Containment

  3. Attractant Control

For more information, please visit


92.4% OPPOSED TO BEAR HUNT | 7.6% Support hunt

On August 11, 2015, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council (FGC) voted to adopt the highly controversial 2015 Comprehensive Black Bear Management Plan (CBBMP). At the same meeting, FGC released the tally of the 60-day comment period, which doesn't add up. There is a thirty-one percent gap between the four percent who support the entire policy and sixty-five percent who oppose the entire policy. See FGC report here.

Bear Education And Resource Program filed an Open Public Records Act request (#177273) to review the entire record. On November 25, ten volunteers counted the cards and letters received. Over the next several days, the electronic online record was tabulated. 

A total of 10,093 records were counted. A whopping 9,327 comments opposed the bear hunt, compared to 766 comments in favor of the hunt. This works out to 92.4% opposed and 7.6% in favor. 

The New Jersey Department of Environmental press office: "It's not a popularity contest," the DEP's Larry Hajna explained, noting the uncounted comments "...were from emails that generally oppose bear hunting, and we were looking for substantive comments on why something should or should not be done." 

Our position: All public comments opposed to the hunt are substantive. 

2016 Billboards

Billboards are effective at reaching large numbers of people. Each billboard is 10'5"h x 22'8"w and is up for one month and our goal is to place billboards in different locations all throughout New Jersey.

If you'd like to contribute to our billboard project, click the DONATE NOW button above. Any size donation is appreciated.

Many thanks to Associate Director of Outreach and Advertisement, Doreen and Assistant Associate Director of Outreach and Advertisement, Donna Arcaro for doing all of the legwork for this great project.


1. August 29 - September 25, 2016: Board #668 - Franklin Turnpike, South of Cedar Hill, Mahwah

2. September 5 - October 2, 2016: Board #2030 - Holland Tunnel Underpass, at Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City

3. September 5 - October 2, 2016: Board #2249 - Rt 9, north of Washington Ave turnoff, South Amboy

4. September 5 - October 2, 2016: Board #6470 - Rt 35, south of Logan Rd, Ocean Township

5. October 24 - November 20, 2016: Board #834 - Rt 46, @Susq. R.R, Elmwood Park

6. October 31 - November 27, 2016: Board #2912 - Rt 23, north of Kiel Ave, Butler

7. October 31 - November 27, 2016: Board #3138 - Rt 1, Adj Penn RR Overpass, Linden

Bear Proofing Tips


Many of our current events are listed on our Facebook page. Please like us and get involved. 

We are always looking for events, such as town fairs, to staff an information table. Contact us to suggest an event or to help staff one.

This year, APLNJ has greatly expanded our BEAR Program's public outreach and advertising - both of which are critical to our mission to educate people about the true nature of black bears, gain their support, and attain permanent protection for black bears.

As you can see from the list below, we have many outreach opportunities throughout the state - with more being added. We hope that we can count on you for your help at these important events. 

Please contact our Associate Director of Outreach and Advertisement, Doreen for more information and to sign up.

Saturday, May 21, 2014: EcoFun Fest, Morristown, 1pm-4pm

Saturday, May 21, 2016: Great Gorge Village, Vernon, 7:30am-3:30pm

Sunday, May 22, 2016: Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange, 11am-4pm

Sunday, June 5, 2016: Montvale Street Fair, 10am-5pm

Sunday, June 12, 2016: Pequannock Street Fair, 10am-5pm

Saturday June 25, 2016: Johnson Park Zoo, Piscataway, 11am-4pm

Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26, 2016: Whitesbog Blueberry Festival, 9am - 5pm

Sunday, June 26, 2016: Burlington County Earth Fair, 10:30am - 4pm

Saturday, July 9, 2016: Jefferson Township Day, (details TBA)

Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 14, 2016: Sussex County Fair, Augusta, 10am - 10pm

Monday, September 5, 2016: Rutherford Street Fair, 10am - 5pm

Saturday, September 10, 2016: Bear Awareness Day, Van Saun Park Zoo, 9am - 3pm

Sunday, September 11, 2016: Bear Awareness Day, Van Saun Park Zoo, 9m - 3pm

Sunday, Sept 18, 2016: Ridgewood Fall Crafts and Arts Street Fair, Ridgewood, 12pm-5pm.

Saturday, September 24, 2016: Wyckoff County Fair, 10:00 am - 4:30pm

Saturday, September 24, 2016: Franklin Day Festival, 12:00 - 5:00pm

Sunday, October 2, 2016: Saddle Brook Street Fair, 10am - 5pm

Saturday, October 8, 2016: Autumn Lights Festival, West Milford, 10am - 5pm

Peaceful coexistence

Write letters

Use our talking points and write a brief letter to one of the papers listed below, and to your local paper as well.

Please cc Governor Christie at this address:
Governor Chris Christie
PO Box 001, Trenton, NJ  08625

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BEAR is the only program in the state whose sole purpose is to protect black bears. We need everyone involved. To join, click here.

Speak Up

Please use Facebook, Twitter, email, and word of mouth to tell everyone you know about how they can help stop black bear trophy hunting in New Jersey.


Let Adam show you how. Click here.


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