Poll: Majority In NJ Favor Bear Hunt

TRENTON, N.J. (AP/WCBS 880) — A new poll indicates that a majority of New Jerseyans approve of the state’s plan hold a bear hunt next month.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

The Fairleigh Dickinson-PublicMind poll out Monday found 53 percent of respondents agreed the hunt should be held if wildlife biologists conclude it’s needed to thin 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 asked whether they approved of a bear hunting season for New Jersey, 49 percent of respondents said they did and 33 percent disapproved. Another 18 percent said they were undecided.

The telephone poll of 831 registered New Jersey voters was conducted Oct. 4-10. It has a sampling error margin of plus or minus 5 percentage points.

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  • StanhopeHopper

    Calling on N.J. hunters to speak up against baiting bear with human and pet food in the woods. Unfortunately, this is the norm. The first 264 kills showed up at the weigh stations right on time but unless you kill every bear, all the others that hit your pile will most likely come out again looking for what they got a taste for in residential garbage. This could go on for generations. I know there are some real hunters left-please speak up. Please see Donuts for Boo Boo N.J. on YouTube:

    • hol

      I am truly disgusted by this video, just shows that this NJ hunt is nothng more than a trophy hunt, have no respect for people who would post this and brag about it. For the people like myself who love bears and are totally against HUNTING, shame on you.

  • A Realist

    Do your homework and you’ll find It reported that black bears have killed more than 50 humans. They have attacked eb=ven more. If you are committed to you ideals that hiumans have taken bear territory then level your home and allow forest to regenerate for bear habitat – otherwise you are also part of the problem. Live in a tent and be an example for the rest of the world. Otherwise, stop advocating against public health with some pie-in-the-sky idealism.

  • Jerry

    Nick, where in any of my comments did I say I was a tough guy or give off that impression. All I am saying is that anyone makes comments about being a loser behind a keybaord anonymously is a coward. Face it Nick you fit the bill. BTW, I wont comment again. So long coward.

    • Nick

      I’m saying that everyone that disagrees with you gets classified as a tough guy. You apparently has an issue with tough guys. One wedgy too many?

      Be that as it may. If you want, name the place and time. WHINE.

  • Jerry

    Nick, I guess your another tough guy with a keyboard. I think your the loser.

    • Nick

      Now why is it everybody is a tough guy as compared to you? You have a fixation on that or something? How about just supporting your so called logic? All you do is attack whine attack whine. It’s kind of funny at first, than gets stale.

  • Jerry

    Nick, why dont you just comment on the story instead of the negative comments. I did not telll DanTe to respond to my Blog in such a pitiful way. No reason for any of this.

    • Nick

      So no one should be able to poke holes into your mushy version of logic? Typical.

      You want to post? Expect a response. What a loser.

  • MissJusticeNY

    Oh and btw, we are talking black bears here, not grizzly’s. I came within 5 ft. of a mature black bear and it RAN. A black bear will not attack unless provoked or its babies are threatened.

  • Jerry

    Dan Te, guys like you can make threats hidden behind blogs because you lack t the fortitude to say something like that in person. I personally like the line “Take yourself out”. You have been watching to much TV or video games. Your nothing but a coward hiding behind text.

    • Nick

      I don’t think that was a threat. It doesn’t read like one. It reads more like a request for you to practice what you preach.

      • Nick

        As you said. You are the worst animal of all.

  • Jerry

    We are the worst animals of all. We have a so called over ppoulation of bears so the though is to just kill a number of them to thin out the population. There has to be a better solution than slaughter. That is as poor as it gets. Cant there be some sterilization or something other than slaughter. I feel sorry for the people who think this is solution

    • DanTe

      Well, YES. Actually there is a more humane solution. Kill off resource wasting idiots like you and the bears will have more room to roam in. Care to finally DO something about instead of always TALKING about it? That’s why you’re a waste of resources you know. Come on, show us the way and take yourself out.

      • MissJusticeNY

        The problem isn’t the bears, its the people who want to build homes on the BEARS terriotory. We are constantly tearing down woodlands to build brand new homes and condos that nobody can afford. Then people want to cry when a wild animal wanders into their yard? Its stupid really. My aunt lives upstate and her backyard is basically the woods. She realizes that her house borders a wild animal habitat, so she doesn’t complain when one wanders into her yard. instead of thinning out the bear population, we should be working on tearing down less of THEIR territory. We keep destorying our natural resources and we will have major problems in the future.

    • hol

      i agree

  • Tom

    I Know a certain element will object, and another will cheer. The simple fact is that this is the only immeadiate and effective form of animal control.
    Bears are cute ant cuddly as cubs, but the grow into 250 to 300 pound animals with little fear of humans. heaven forbid its a sow with cubs, she can be outright aggressive and beligerant. They need more territory and the best way is to thin the population with a controlled hunt.

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