For Immediate Release:
April 21, 2015
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 the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIFW) are silenced on any future wildlife ballot initiative.
The appeal comes after Maine Superior Court Justice Joyce Wheeler dismissed the “Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting”/Hansberry lawsuit against DIFW on grounds of mootness on March 31, 2015.
“It is no surprise that the Humane Society of the United States, under the guise of ‘Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting’ has filed this appeal,” said James Cote, Campaign Manager for the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council.
HSUS has demonstrated a willingness to stop at nothing to silence Maine’s wildlife experts at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for months. They lost their initial attempt to muzzle DIFW prior to the election last fall in Superior Court. Then they lost their appeal to the Maine Law Court on the same matter. When they couldn’t win in court filed a complaint against the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council to the Maine Ethics Commission, where they lost again. Then they lost the election. Last month their case was dismissed on grounds of mootness, and now they are taking the Department to court again.
“I think Maine people are getting tired of these acts of desperation and frivolous attempts to smear the reputation of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife,” said Cote. “Fighting these issues again and again is absurd. We will continue our efforts to defend the voice of Maine’s wildlife experts, and Maine’s outdoor hunting heritage.”
About MWCC: The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council is comprised of the Maine Professional Guides Association, Maine Trappers Association, Maine Sporting Dog Association, Grand Lake Stream Guides Association, and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. MWCC will continue to recruit and build a coalition of individuals and organizations who share and support Maine’s outdoor heritage. Interested donors can find more information on the current campaign at www.mainewildlife.org.