This week, an appeals court unanimously ruled against Bradley Campbell, the commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection. The court stated that Campbell exceeded his authority when he ordered the Division of Fish & Wildlife to deny permits, and close all land controlled by his department to bear hunting. Previously, the Fish & Game Council voted to hold the hunt, noting the state’s biologist determined that the bear population could sustain a hunt. Campbell was ordered to grant or deny the 3,500 hunting license applications by December 2. The Sierra Club and other anti-hunting organizations plan on asking Acting Governor Richard Codey (D) to ban the hunt by an executive order.