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HSUS Files Appeal to Maine Law Court, Will Stop at Nothing to Silence DIFW

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2015 Contact: James Cote (207) 860-6600 james@mainewildlife.org  Augusta, Maine– In another shocking move, “Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting” and the Humane Society of the United States’ Maine Director Katie Hansberry, have filed an appeal to the Maine Law Court in an attempt to make sure that the wildlife experts at[…..]

Coalition Re-launches Efforts to Protect Maine’s Outdoor Heritage

For Immediate Release: April 21, 2015 Contact: James Cote (207) 860-6600 james@mainewildlife.org  Augusta, Maine– The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council (MWCC) announced today they have reconvened to fight off another attack by the world’s largest animal rights and anti-hunting organization. MWCC, the coalition that defeated last year’s attempt to ban the majority of bear hunting in[…..]

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[…..]

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[…..]

Biologists Recapture “Big John,” a Black Bear Featured in a 2010 BDN Story

No matter how big he looks now, Big John is even more immense when you’re standing beside him. “I think you have to be there to fully appreciate the power that a bear this size exudes,” Cross wrote. And he should know: Cross has wrestled with plenty of bears during his 32 years studying them for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife[…..]

Wardens Set Up Culvert Traps to Capture Troublesome Orono Bears

Three black bears, likely part of the family of bears discovered in a hollow tree den in March, have wreaked enough havoc in the university town, and concerned game wardens are preparing to evict them. On Tuesday morning, one of those bears was spotted walking down Main Street, where it was destroying garbage cans in order to find food[…..]

Anti-Hunters Push Ban Even as Nuisance Complaints Increase

Despite a black bear population that’s increased 30 percent in 10 years and an increase in the number of “nuisance” bear complaints, hunting critics are asking Mainers to vote for a state referendum in November that would prohibit taking bears with the use of dogs, bait, or traps. Hunters say that passing the referendum would cause bear numbers to grow[…..]

Sportsmen Leading in Bear Referendum Poll

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[…..]

Bear Drags Florida Woman From Garage

As many as five bears “of various sizes” were rooting through her trash when she walked into the garage, Seminole County Sheriff’s Lt. Pete Brenenstuhl said. A black bear “dragged her from inside the garage out into her driveway,”[…..]

Senator Angus King Defends Maine’s Bear Management

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.

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