Creating a divide
There was a clear divide between those for and against hunting black bears in New Jersey. Some people saw it as an enjoyable activity, while others thought it was cruel.
This situation only got more heartbreaking when it was revealed that Pedals was one of the bears who had fallen victim to the state’s sanctioned hunting season. Many people had developed an attachment to the animal and had wanted to see him get help, but instead, he was taken down before his time. His passing caused outrage on social media.