The New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday to overturn a lower court decision requiring the Department of Environmental Protection to begin issuing bear hunting permits. The issue was in response to Bradley M. Campbell, the Department’s commissioner, denying permits and closing state land to bear hunting after the state’s Fish & Game Council voted to hold a six-day hunt starting December 6. As of yesterday, over 3,700 permits had been issued. The lower court had previously ruled that Mr. Campbell overstepped his authority when he refused to issue permits, and the court ordered the department to begin processing hunting licenses. As a result of the dispute, the Supreme Court ruled that no hunting should take place until the state adopts a bear management policy. After the ruling, Mr. Campbell stated he would work with the Fish & Game Council in preparing a bear policy. We will keep you abreast of any policy proposals or implementations.