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from Grandview Outdoors today we get press releases: POMPTON LAKES, N.J. (AP) — There's one way to tell spring is getting closer. Black bear sightings have resumed in northern New Jersey.The bruins are coming out of their dens in search of food. The Record newspaper reports the Pompton Lakes Police Department has received at least 30 calls a day over the past month from residents reporting black bears in the northern part of the town. Similar sightings have also been reported along Route 287 and in the industrial and residential areas of Riverdale. State Fish and Wildlife biologist Kelcey Burguess says the New Jersey suburbs offer bears a smorgasbord of garbage and birdfeeders. This in spite of the 591 bears killed in a state-sanctioned hunt in early December. ** If the owners of free roaming privately owned elk aren't located, Iowa wildlife department officials are obligated to kill loose elk in the northeast corner of that state. This is to eliminate the chances of chronic wasting disease of spreading to livestock. * Minnesota moose populations are dwindling to maybe near unrecoverable numbers. Some feel that too much competition from whitetailed deer and predation by wolves are main factors.