Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting


LTE: Humane or Inhumane

Those who oppose a Maine bear hunting reform, including Gov. Paul LePage, feel that inhumane trapping, hounding and baiting bears is OK because the Maine fish and game biologists say so. They advise us our thick forests demand inhumane bear hunting. Facts show that some of the most successful bear management techniques happen in Oregon and Washington — not Maine. All three states are among the top lumber-producing states. All have thick forests. Washingtonand Oregon haven’t allowed baiting, trapping and hounding for many years. Yet, they have more hunters and higher revenues from sport bear hunting than Maine. Their bear populations are stable.

Maine’s is up. Our state biologists don’t need to get their Ph.D. in a twist by asking for help from these two more successful, savvy states. An easy fix. They should do it. David Trahan, director of the Maine Sportsman’s Alliance, in The Lincoln County News last week, suggested that The Humane Society of the United States has unscrupulous motives for supporting the end of inhumane hunting of bears in Maine. The Humane Society.

Are you laughing as hard as I am? Trahan added another argument. If inhumane hunting was stopped, bears would practically be busting in our front doors: “What HSUS is proposing is dangerous to property, pets, domesticated animals, wildlife and Mainers.” Another absurd knee slapper. All these arguments against Maine bear hunting reform insult our intelligence.

The issue is simple: Do you want inhumane hunting or humane hunting? Period.

Maxine Snow

Waldoboro


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Wildlife Alliance of Maine
Animal Welfare Society
Spay Maine
Maine Friends of Animals
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Coastal Humane Society
Animal Refuge League
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Halfway Home Pet Rescue

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Media

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."

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