They don't shoot bears, do they?

Friday marked the end of New Jersey's controversial bear hunt, the state's first in five years. A total of 589 bears were harvest, according to data released by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

State wildlife officials succeeded in realizing their goal of "thinning" the population by 500 to 700 bears to around 3,400 black bears, despite public outcry from animal rights activists and the New Jersey chapter of The Sierra Club. New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the country and human-bear interactions were all too frequent for most citizens, the majority of whom supported the hunt (in the event that wildlife experts claim the state has a bear population problem).

Earlier in the year, police in Englewood, N.J., one of New York City's first bedroom communities, spotted a black bear about three miles from the George Washington Bridge that connects New Jersey to Manhattan, the largest population center in the country. We've had a fair share of critters in NYC—coyotes, wild turkeys, raccoons and opposums—and wonder how a black bear would fare in our fair city.

Still, in spite of this "imminent danger", we wonder why some of the bears couldn't be spared, darted and relocated across the border to New York's Adirondack State Park—an ursine paradise of 6.1 million acres (larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks COMBINED)—which has an ongoing project to reintroduce the American beaver, the fisher, the American marten, the moose, the Canadian lynx, and the osprey.

What do you think?

PS - on a satirical note, even our favorite bears are at risk.