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200 Pound Bear Struck, Killed on I-68

A vehicle hit and killed a 200-pound male bear in the westbound lane of Interstate 68 Wednesday morning… The number of bears that have died on Maryland roads this year has risen to 22, according to an unofficial count maintained by the Cumberland Times-News[.....]

26% of Maine’s Bear Hunters Were Successful in 2013

Despite a long fall hunting season for bears in Maine, the bear harvest has been below objectives since 2005. Bait, hounds and traps are the most effective for harvesting bears in Maine’s dense forest and account for 93% of the harvest. Even with these three methods, only about 1 in 4 hunters using bait, hounds and traps are successful. Still-hunters harvest less than 300 bears (7%), since it is very difficult to spot and stalk bears in Maine’s thick vegetation. To stabilize the bear population estimated at more than 30,000, a harvest of 4,500 bears is needed. Without bait, hounds or traps, Maine’s bear harvest will be well below objectives[.....]

Bear Baiting Makes Woods Safer for All

The state’s bear management program is based on 40 years of scientific research… As the government agency responsible for the conservation of Maine’s wildlife, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is opposed to this referendum and Maine’s game wardens and wildlife biologists are taking an active role in informing Mainers why we are opposed to this referendum[.....]

Maine Residents Could Face Increasing Bear Menace

Experts have said that the country as well as the state are facing increasing problems relating to black bears and the situations are expected get worse due to new laws. The Humane Society of the United States has proposed new laws that prohibit use of hunters to control bears[.....]

Bear Attacks Woman in Monongalia County

The enraged bear swatted at her head and straddled her after knocking her down. While the attack lasted only about five seconds, it left her with a lacerated scalp, bruised ribs and a sprained ankle[.....]

Maine’s Great Bear Debate

This is a big deal to a lot of Mainers, and sportsmen and women in general if you consider the precedent such a ban could set. Biologists in Maine, like biologists everywhere, create hunting and trapping seasons based on how many bears the landscape can support, how many bears people are willing to tolerate (Maine averages 500 nuisance complaints a year), and the desires of people who want more bears (including both animal lovers and hunters)[.....]

Maine Voters to be Asked About Bear Hunting

The November ballot will include a measure that would ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting. Maine officials say a November ballot question will ask Maine voters if they oppose three methods of bear hunting except under certain circumstances… Baiting accounts for 80 percent of the state bear hunt[.....]

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We encourage voters to oppose the referendum and allow our public, professional biologists to continue to manage Maine's bear population with our nationally recognized bear management program.