Bear Killed With Bow and Arrow in Hackettstown

New Jersey DEP investigating incident in residential neighborhood.

The New Jersey Department of Protection’s Fish and Wildlife Law Enforcement bureau is investigating the impetus behind a black bear being shot earlier this week, spokesperson Bob Considine said.

While no charges or summonses have been filed, it is possible the person in question could be charged once all details are acquired, Considine said.

The bear was shot in a residential Hackettstown neighborhood on Baldwin Street by an arrow Wednesday night. The DEP would not release the shooter’s name, as the investigation is ongoing.

The female bear weighed in at 266 pounds, Considine said.

There is a one-week legal bear hunt in New Jersey, which is currently not taking place. Shooting bears by way of bow and arrows is illegal at all times, however, Considine said.

Considine said there are no recent records at the Department of Fish and Wildlife of nuisance calls regarding bears coming from Hackettstown, either.

The investigation is expected to be completed next week. Patch is following this story as details develop. 

LAS October 13, 2012 at 04:33 PM
CV a neighbor said that the first story told was that the bear attacked the shooters dog, then changed the story to being in the garbage....sounds to me like they are trying to save their own a** the bear was shot illegally. Charges should be brought case closed
cv October 13, 2012 at 04:45 PM
I agree on charges should be brought on this individual.sound like he got pissed because the bear attacked his dog. I have 3 dogs I would have been pissed but I would have called the cops.
Regina Lanzetti October 13, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Strange,it's always the animals that get the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps none of the above have ever had an encounter with a bear or had their property or animals killled because of it. Sorry my sympathies lie with the hunter
jeff Book October 19, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Regina hes not a "hunter" hes a poacher and there was no reason for him to kill an innocent bear, period.
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