New Jersey plans to reinstate its controversial annual black bear hunt. Black bear sightings have been on the rise in New Jersey, especially after Governor Phil Murphy canceled the bear hunt. The problem has become so great, bears are being spotted in areas of the state they have never been seen before. Now, Governor Phil Murphy, who has long been opposed to the bear hunt, has asked the state’s Fish and Game Council to consider game code amendments that would allow the hunt’s resumption starting next month. Many hunters, like Scott Costine, who appeared on the NJ Morning Show, say a bear hunt can help protect the state’s ecosystem and keep people safe.