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Sponsor(s): Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak (D-20)

S. 687 Requires Bear-Proof Containers [2014]

Born Free USA Position: SUPPORT

This bill was known as A.2963/S.2369 during the 2012-13 session.

Bill Description:
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.

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