State environmental regulators in New Jersey say hunters have killed 368 bears during the state’s expanded black bear hunt.
Figures released by the state Environmental Protection Department Thursday indicate 62 bears were killed on the third day of the hunt.
There were 100 killed by arrows on Tuesday and 206 killed on Monday.
The first three days are reserved for bow hunting. But hunting with bows and muzzle-loading guns are allowed starting Thursday for the final three days.
There were 510 bears killed during last year’s hunt, which was the second-highest total since the hunt restarted 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 Dec. 5–10.