Jersey man arrested in bear poaching

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WAWARSING – A 63-year-old New Jersey man was arrested by state environmental conservation officers on charges of hunting a black bear with the aid of a pre-established bait pile, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residence, and unlawfully taking a black bear.

The charges stem from an investigation in the Town of Wawarsing where a complaint led officers to discover a bear shot on opening day of the early bear season with the help of bait piles. Molasses, corn and sardines were stashed behind a nearby residence.

Officers seized a bear hide at a local taxidermist and turned it over the officers for evidence.

The man eventually confessed to the crimes.

If convicted, the man, whose name police did not make public, faces thousands of dollars in fines and up to a year in jail.