For Immediate Release: Contact:
October 30, 2014 James Cote, Campaign Manager
Maine Supreme Court Denies Motion of Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting
Augusta- Maine- Today, the Maine Supreme Court denied a motion of Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting to expedite their appeal of a decision made by Justice Joyce Wheeler that allows the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to continue to have a voice on Question 1, a ballot measure that would eliminate the three most effective methods of controlling Maine’s bear population.
The decision signed by Maine Supreme Court Chief Justice Leigh Saufley is attached.
“This is just one more glaring example of how this Washington, DC special interest group, the Humane Society of the United States, is trying to buy this election and the way that Maine people manage our wildlife,” said James Cote, Campaign Manager for the Save Maine’s Bear Hunt/NO on 1! Campaign. “They will stop at nothing to mislead the public and attempt to silence the very people that Mainers have hired for the last four decades to successfully manage our large and healthy bear population. The court seems to agree that their motion carried little substance, and we are extremely please with this outcome.”
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife opposes Question 1. The Humane Society of the United States of Washington, DC has now poured in approximately $2.6 million and has funded the Yes on 1 campaign by more than 99%.
“We are asking Maine voters to stand with our experts at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the extremely diverse coalition we have built of sportsmen, policy leaders, wildlife experts, veterinarians, unions, businesses, and others and vote no on Question 1,” said Cote.