A New Jersey bow hunter took a 700 lb. black bear with a 23+ inch skull during the October 2019 bow hunting season. The Pope and Young Club announced that it was a new North American record. https://www.pope-young.org/information/news_detail.asp?news=188 This bear was taken in Morris County, a short distance outside of New York City. A few years ago a 829 lb. black bear was taken during shotgun season in the same county. In 2014 a black bear killed a NJ college student.