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19 more black bears killed in New Jersey hunt as Day 2 marked by wet, cold weather; 143 total

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TRENTON, New Jersey — Nineteen bears have been killed on the second day of New Jersey's annual black bear hunt. That brings the total on the state Division of Fish & Wildlife's website to 143.

Hunters faced wet and cold weather as a nor'easter brought heavy rain and sleet to parts of the state Tuesday.

Hunters killed 124 bears Monday, the first day of the six-day hunt. Most of the bears have been shot in Sussex and Warren counties.

A bear mauled a Rutgers University student to death in September. A Fish and Game Council report supported resuming the hunt to help ensure public safety. Wildlife officials and opponents of the hunt argue over whether it's been effective.

The number of bears killed has dropped from 600 in 2010 to 250 last year.

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