New Jersey Legislation
Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT
This bill was known as A.2963/S.2369 during the 2012-13 session.
The bill requires campgrounds, closed communities and municipalities in bear habitat (as identified by the state) to use bear-resistant bins and dumpsters. It also restricts baiting for bear or deer in bear habitat.
Humans can limit contact with bears by eliminating behavior that draws them in. A ban on baiting — whether intentional by hunters or unintentional with garbage — is one of the most sensible ways to ensure a safer distance.
Baiting by hunters damages forests by drawing too much wildlife to a single spot. It also teaches bears to take food from humans. Once they’re desensitized to people, the risk of future contact increases.
Read this op-ed by the Animal Protection League of NJ for more details.
New Jersey residents, use this form to contact your state senator, and voice your support for the bill!
Read the full text here.