Notice of Rule Proposal: Game Code Amendments, Comprehensive Black Bear Management Policy - DEP Website
Public Hearing June 2; Comment by July 17
Tips to Reduce Encounters with Black Bears During Active Spring Period (DEP News Release)
State Wildlife Action Plan Being Updated
Living With Deer In NJ Survey
From One to 135 - New Jersey's Bald Eagle Success Story (US FWS Site)
Canada Goose Control Information (pdf, 30kb)
New Jersey Wildlife Viewing Guide Available
Despite being the most densely populated state in the nation, and the fifth smallest in area, New Jersey provides habitat for an incredible number and diversity of wildlife species. There are more than 400 species of vertebrate wildlife which can be found within the state, due in large part to the state's geographic position within North America, as well as 134 freshwater fish and 336 marine finfish.
New Jersey lies at the southern edge of the range of many "northern"
species and the northern edge of the range of many "southern" species.
That, combined with hundreds of miles of coastline and five physiographic regions
and the Pine Barrens area combine to support a diverse and abundant wildlife resource.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for all wildlife in New Jersey.
Management of both game and nongame species includes the common goals of protecting
and managing habitats and wildife populations and maintaining wildlife diversity.
This work has restored populations of wild turkey and peregrine falcons, as well
as bald eagles and osprey. Beavers are again widespread, as are coyotes, and even
secretive bobcat have extended their range in the state.
Wildlife management in the state is not without challenges, but even with the
threat of habitat loss confronting many species, proper management has allowed
our wildlife to thrive. This in turn provides enormous economic and recreational
benefits to the people of the state. The links below will help you learn more
about New Jersey's wildlife resources.