NEWTON, N.J. — The Latest on New Jersey’s six-day bear hunt (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

State officials say several bears have been culled so far during the opening day of New Jersey’s latest bear hunt.

And two protesters have been arrested at a check station in Fredon.

Authorities say a woman was taken into custody after lying down in a roadway to block a hunter’s vehicle. And a man was detained after he moved from an area designated for protesters into a roadway.

Both were charged with obstructing the administration of law and two other minor charges.

The six-day hunt could be one of the last for a while if Phil Murphy, the Democrat running to replace Republican Gov. Chris Christie, wins next month’s election.

Murphy reiterated Monday that he would impose a moratorium on the hunts. And Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the GOP gubernatorial hopeful, said again that she thinks the hunts should continue.

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11:15 a.m.

Animal rights activists and other critics of New Jersey’s bear hunt are staging protests at sites near where the hunt is taking place.

Authorities say at least one protester had been arrested by late Monday morning. But no major problems have been reported.

Thousands of hunters are taking part in the six-day hunt, which started at sunrise in eight counties. The first three days are reserved for bow hunting, while hunting with bows and muzzle-loading guns are allowed during the last three days.

State parks and wildlife management areas are open to hunting in Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, and in areas of Bergen, Mercer, Passaic and Somerset counties.

State wildlife officials say the hunts are an important part of controlling the bear population and minimizing run-ins with humans.

But opponents say the hunts are inhumane and unnecessary.

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12:01 a.m.

New Jersey’s latest bear hunt begins as the fate of future hunts in the state remains unclear.

A six-day hunt starts at sunrise Monday in eight counties. The first three days are reserved for bow hunting, while hunting with bows and muzzle-loading guns will be allowed during the last three days.

State parks and wildlife management areas will be open to hunting in Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties and in areas of Bergen, Mercer, Passaic and Somerset counties.

State wildlife officials have touted the annual hunts as an important part of controlling the bear population and minimizing run-ins with humans.

But animal rights activists say the hunts are inhumane and unnecessary.

The winner of next month’s gubernatorial election will decide whether the hunts will continue in the coming years.