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For immediate release: Nov. 28, 2005
For further information contact: Winnie Comfort or Tammy Kendig

Appeal in "Bear Hunt" Case: Hearing on Stay of Hunt Scheduled for Dec. 2

On Fri., Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. in the Supreme Court courtroom on the 8th floor in the Hughes Justice Complex, Market St., Trenton, Appellate Division Judges Mary Catherine Cuff, Anthony J. Parrillo and William P. Gilroy will hear oral argument on a motion to stay the bear hunt scheduled to begin Mon., Dec. 5.

In New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance and the Bear Education and Resource Group v. NJ Department of Environmental Protection et al, the appellants today filed a Notice of Appeal of the DEP's approval of a bear hunt and promulgation of corresponding regulations. At the same time, the appellants filed a motion for a stay of the scheduled bear hunt.

At the Dec. 2 hearing, the Appellate panel will consider only the motion for a stay of the scheduled December bear hunt.

Seating for the media is limited and will be reserved in the order requests are received. Only one seat will be reserved for each news organization. Reporters and photographers must wear press credentials to be admitted to the reserved seating area. Reporters are asked to be seated by 10:45 a.m. At 10:50 a.m., unused reserved seats will be given to reporters on a waiting list. Allow time for passing through security in the RJH Justice Complex lobby. Photo ID must be shown. Call the Judiciary communications office at 609-292-9580 to reserve a seat.

Documents relevant to the matter are attached, including Judge Parrillo's order setting the Dec. 2 oral argument, the Notice of Appeal, the case information statement, the DEP's decision under appeal and the motion for ad interim relief in the form of a stay , and are posted online at www.njcourtsonline.com .

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