December 7, 2005
New Jersey Bear Hunt
An animal activist from East Windsor was among several who risked life and limb yesterday trying to tend to wounded bears out in the wild.
Terry Fritzges, a animal rights advocate, said that the hunt "is a massacre. Itís a slaughter of innocent life."
She said that the hunt is just a trophy hunt, and she wants to do whatever she possibly can to help the bears.
"Iím not worried about my life at all," Fritzges said, "bears do not attack people."
She said the hunters are what she fears.
Angie Metler, of Highland Lakes, and director of the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance, said bears are the gentlest creatures.
"Bears are like big chipmunks," she said. "They love to forage and eat and are considered omnivores."
Metler said that the organization, and herself directly, receive a lot of hate mail and death threats.
Fritzges said she will be walking on public trails to look for and protect the bears she can see, by leading them to safety.
"Most of the bears we are able to treat are called in from people who have them in their yards or find them in difference places," she said.
Fritzges will be going back and forth all week to continue to help in the effort to protect the bears.
BY THE NUMBERS:
New Jerseyís bear hunt, by the numbers:
- 1,600: Size, in square miles, of six-county region where bear hunt is in effect.
- 675: Weight, in pounds, of biggest bear bagged in 2003 hunt.
- 413: Weight, in pounds, f biggest female bear killed in 2003.
- 328: Number of bears killed in 2003 hunt.
- 233: Number killed in Sussex County.
- 200: Area of a hunterís body, in square inches, that must be covered in fluorescent orange.
- 80: Percentage of hunters who used shotguns to kill bears in 2003 hunt.
- 54: Number of bears confirmed killed as of 2:30 p.m. Monday.
- 8: Weight, in ounces, of newborn black bear cubs.
- 2: Number of animal rights groups that sued to stop 2005 bear hunt.
- 1: Number of bears that can be killed by any one hunter.
Source: New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife