A survey of Maine voters conducted by Murphy’s company, Pan Atlantic SMS Group of Portland, found that 46.7 percent support a ban on hunting bears with bait and dogs and trapping bears, 48.1 percent oppose the ban[.....]
When it launched its new campaign to ban bear hunting with bait and dogs and bear trapping, HSUS announced it would spend at least $3 million this time, a serious challenge to Maine sportsmen that, should we fail to match that spending, could signal defeat. Campaign finance reports for the first quarter of 2014, filed today, are encouraging. The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council (MWCC), the primary campaign committee opposing the ballot measure, demonstrated an impressive level of support for this point in the campaign.
While I will not be involved in this decision in my capacity as a U.S. Senator, I can share my personal opinion as someone familiar with the issue. I believe that bear hunting plays an important role in preserving a healthy and sustainable bear population and that the traditional hunting practices we currently allow are reasonable given the nature of hunting bears in Maine’s dense forests.
This is in response to Patricia Keene’s letter (March 25) advocating the protection of Maine’s bears. I was saddened that some people do not understand why Maine bears are hunted. Baiting bears is done with strict guidelines and is not just reckless dumping of human food. Bears are very smart. Humans will very rarely find[.....]
People are just coming out of the woodwork to help beat back the second effort in 10 years to ban bear baiting, hounding and trapping in Maine.
All over the country, hunting opportunities are expanding to deal with rising and troublesome populations of wild animals. While the Humane Society of the United States claims Maine can manage bear populations with free range hunting, that’s very unlikely. Randy Cross, our state’s top bear biologist, has said repeatedly that we are not harvesting enough bears now. It’s hard to imagine how we’d be able to achieve the state’s bear harvest goals if we’re limited to free range hunting.
In 2011, I became a member of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I believed my donations would help stop abuse of domestic animals, as the commercial on TV portrays. Recently, I discovered a percentage of my donations are also applied to another cause ASPCA endorses. This cause is anti-hunting.
ORONO, Maine — Paul Melanson doesn’t live in an area you’d immediately think of when you say the words “bear habitat.” His home is on busy Stillwater Avenue about 2 miles from the University of Maine. But when a friend went out to shoot some arrows at a target on his land on Saturday, Melanson learned that he had quite a herd of bruins sleeping just 50 yards from his front door.
James Cote talks with Ken Altshuler and Dennis Bailey about the negative impacts of the proposed referendum that would ban bear baiting, trapping, and hunting with dogs.
Today, Maine’s Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced the certification of signatures submitted to place a question on November 2014 ballot that would ban the three most effective methods of controlling Maine’s bear population.