- Associated Press - Friday, October 14, 2016

NEWTON, N.J. (AP) - Hunters have killed 432 bears during New Jersey’s expanded black bear hunt.

Figures show 64 bears were killed on Thursday, the fourth day of the hunt and the first in which muzzle-loading guns were permitted.

During the first three days, hunters killed 368 with bows and arrows.

There were 510 bears killed during last year’s hunt, which was the second-highest total since the hunt re-started in 2010.

State officials say the extended hunt was added due to increased human and bear interaction.

The firearm-only season for bear hunting this year will take place from Dec. 5-10.

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