stop bear hunts, implement nonlethal

Senator Lesniak introduced Pedal's Law on October 17, 2016


Visit Pedals' Law Facebook page for details. Contact your state legislators to ask them to support S2702. Find your legislators here.


  • 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:

  • dO NOthing to protect public safety

  • DO NOTHING TO PREVENT INCIDENCES AND COMPLAINTS

  • ARE RECREATIONAL TROPHY HUNTS 

  • 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:

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

  • Garbage Containment

  • Attractant Control

For more information, please visit www.bearsmartnj.org.


  • STILL RELEVANT: 2015 BLACK BEAR COMMENT PERIOD RESULTS: 

  • 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. 


  • 2017 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.

We are presently working on getting 10 more boards. Locations to be announced when ready. Please support this effort. 

HELP FUND MORE BILLBOARDS. CLICK BELOW TO HELP: 

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UPCOMING OUTREACH EVENTS

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.


February

FLEA MARKET AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW

      Saturday, 2/18/2017, Time: 9am-4pm

      Setup: 7am-8am, Westwood HS(address tone advised)

      Washington Twp, NJ

FLEA MARKET AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW

     Sunday, 2/26/2017, Time: 9am-4pm

     330 River Road, New Milford, NJ 07646

March

FLEA MARKET AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW

     Sunday, 3/5/2017, Time: 9am-4pm

     333 Colfax Ave, Clifton, NJ 07013

CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE

Monday, 3/6/2017, Time: 10am-4pm

FLEA MARKET AND COLLECTIBLE SHOW

     Sunday, 3/12/2017, Time: 9am-4pm

     400 Weart Ave, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071

MAY

BERGEN COUNTY EARTHFEST OVERPECK

     Saturday, 5/20/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     Setup:9am-10am, 199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660

JUNE

BURLINGTON COUNTY EARTH FAIR 

     Sunday, 6/4/2017, Time: 10:30am-4pm, Setup: begins at 8:30am -10am

     Historic Smithville Park, Smithville Road, Eastampton NJ 08060

WHITESBOG BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

     Saturday, 6/24/2017 and Sunday, 6/25/2017

     Time: 10:00am-4pm, Set-up time: 7am-8:45am

     Historic Whitesbog Village, Brendan T.Byrne State Forest, Pemberton          Township, Route 530 (mile marker 13), Browns Mills,NJ 08015

July

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 7/20/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

August

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 8/24/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 8/31/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

September

RIDGEWOOD STREET FESTIVAL

     Sunday, 9/17/2017(Rain or Shine), Time: 12pm to 5pm

     Walnut Street, Ridgewood, NJ 07450

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 9/21/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 9/28/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

October

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 10/5/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

WALMART OUTREACH DAY

     Thursday, 10/26/2017, Time: 12pm-4pm

     48 Route 23, Riverdale NJ 07457

More to follow.

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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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