EDISON - A new poll indicates that a majority of people in New Jersey approve of the state's plan hold a bear hunt next month.

The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll out today found that 53 percent of respondents agreed the hunt should be held if wildlife biologists conclude it's needed to help control the state's black bear population and if the bruins are destroying private property.

Thirty-six percent of respondents disagreed, while 11 percent were undecided. It has been five years since the state last held a bear hunt.

When simply asked whether they approved of a bear hunting season in the Garden State, 49 percent of respondents said they did and 33 percent disapproved. Another 18 percent said they were undecided. Men are more than twice as likely as women to approve of bear hunting, according to the poll.

Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind Polling