Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting is a grassroots campaign working to ban the baiting, hounding, and trapping of bears. These practices are inhumane, unsporting, and reckless.
Other states have successfully banned all three of these cruel and unsporting practices. Maine's the only state to still allow all three practices.
Hunters are not allowed to bait, hound, or trap deer or moose, and shouldn’t be allowed to do it for bears. It's cruel and unfair.
Dumping seven million pounds of junk food into Maine woods each year grows the bear population and habituates them to human food. That’s why every responsible wildlife agency says “Don’t feed the bears."
National organizations, local humane societies and rescue groups, veterinarians, hunters, independent biologists, and agree: Hunting is a Maine tradition -- cruelty is not.
Maine Bear Hunting Reform Narrowly Rejected by Voters
Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting expressed disappointment about the election results on Question 1, but thanked more than a quarter million Mainers who voted to end bear baiting, hounding, and trapping.
"We are grateful to so many Maine voters for supporting this proposed reform, and we look forward to working with them and with ‘no’ and non-voters to outlaw the practices of bear hounding and trapping, because we believe there’s substantial agreement on that issue."