He was just doing what bears do. But I would have shot him just the same'. A hunter was mauled by a grizzly bear after the animal swatted his pistol away as he tried to shoot it in the neck. But Mr Sommer was left with only a pistol to defend himself after failing to release the safety catch on his own spray.
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THE black bear, once as uncommon a sight as a kangaroo in the suburbs, has returned to flourish, captivate northern New Jersey and upset more than a few political garbage bins. Not since the invasion of the Canada goose or the white-tailed deer has a species made so smashing a reappearance. A plan to prune the bear population by allowing a state hunt was approved earlier this year, marking the first such season in three decades and opening a brawl within the environmental community that has yet to simmer down. Governor McGreevey, who courted the animal-rights lobby during his election campaign and pledged to protect the state's bears, has rethought his position and endorsed the six-day hunt, intended to remove bears in December. Residents in Sussex and Passaic counties, who until recently were armchair animal feeders, have suddenly become frightened settlers, just as activists have emerged to defend the black bear's wider rebound.