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No On Question 1: The Facts Are On The Side Of Baiting

Maine has the largest — and most studied — black bear population in the eastern U.S. And, because most bears live where the human population is sparse, there are few conflicts between the two. This balance would be disrupted by ending the state’s bear hunt as we know it, which Question 1 would do. Voters should reject this referendum, put on the Nov. 4 ballot[…..]


Don’t Let Personal Choices About Bear Hunting Get In The Way Of Sound Judgment

Here in Maine, wildlife management through science and broad-based public participation is not just a goal; it’s part of the social contract. However, approval of Ballot Question 1 — which would outlaw traditional methods of bear hunting and take away the best tools we have for bear management — would be a wholesale breach of our social contract. It’s pretty simple: Question 1 is dangerous because it polarizes people who should all be working together to maintain healthy wildlife populations and restore unhealthy ones[…..]


Bear Hunting Has $52.7 Million Impact On Maine’s Economy

A new economic study prepared for the Maine Office of Tourism and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife reveals that bear hunting and related activities has a significant impact on Maine’s economy, especially in rural parts of the state, where economic opportunities are far and few between[…..]


The Responsible Thing To Do

The state’s biologists and IF&W are successful with conservation and people need to let them do their job. I shall vote “no” on Question 1; it is the responsible thing to do[…..]


What’s Really At Stake With The Bear Referendum

In less than a month, Maine voters will decide whether they want people to hunt the state’s bears or not. That’s not what the referendum question actually reads, of course. But it’s time to clear the air a bit, and to start calling ‘em like I see ‘em[…..]


We All Benefit From Maine’s Bear Hunt The Way It Is

Voting no is a vote of confidence in the professionals who watch over our fish and wildlife. I trust that they care as much for our wildlife as much as I do. Let’s maintain what we have and vote with the professionals who maintain our wildlife, along with the businesses, guides, outfitters, camp cooks and support staff who benefit from our bear hunting tradition[…..]


Humane Society of the United States Attempts to Muzzle Maine’s Bear Experts, Maine People Overwhelming in Their Support of MEDIFW Participation

Augusta, Maine- The Humane Society of the United States, a well funded, extreme animal rights, Washington D.C. lobbying organization here in Maine under the guise of a front group called Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, has asked for an emergency injunction to muzzle Maine’s bear experts, including biologists and game wardens at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife[…..]


For Bears, Too Much Protection Can Backfire

It is impossible to think of Randy Cross as being cruel to bears. In his office full of radio collars and photographs of him handling bears in winter dens, Maine’s state bear biologist almost gets misty-eyed talking about his favorites. One in particular is a 31-year-old bear that had a cub about six years ago[…..]


Businesses Say Bear-baiting Ban Would Hurt Economy

John Morris, owner of Pines Market in Eustis, says his store sees heavy foot traffic from hunters from the end of August through September. The reason is Maine’s bear hunting season… Count Morris among several business owners in central and northern Maine who oppose the election referendum question proposing to ban bear baiting. Morris said the proposal would greatly reduce bear hunting and drastically hurt the economy of Eustis, population 600[…..]


Voters Should Reject Humane Society Meddling In Maine Bear Harvest

Since June 2013, the Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States has contributed more than $1.6 million to the campaign, according to Maine Ethics Commission campaign finance reports. This war chest of campaign funds will allow the Humane Society to do what it does best: Buy loads of television air time to distort the record and further push its national agenda to eventually outlaw all forms of recreational hunting. And you don’t have to look much further than the current position statement[…..]


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