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NJ black bear kill total below expectations

Published On: Dec 06 2012 07:00:00 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 07 2012 08:22:07 PM EST

The harvest from New Jersey's black bear season is coming in under expectations.

The harvest from New Jersey's black bear season is coming in under expectations.

Hunters have killed 228 black bears through Thursday.

Hunters killed 469 bears last year.

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They were expected to hit that figure again this year.

State environmental officials say the hunt is meant to control the bear population and reduce human-and-bear incidents.

The black bear season wraps up tomorrow.