Question 1 doesn’t seek to end the Maine tradition of hunting – it aims to restore the fair-chase component and maintain hunting as a sport, not a mousetrap.
TV ads by the “No on 1″ camp, featuring Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife employees, claim that passing Question 1 could be a threat to our public safety. Yet they offer no factual evidence of an increase in bear-related attacks or confrontations.
What they also fail to recognize is that Question 1 allows the use of baiting, hounding and trapping when protecting property, public safety or research. It’s quite clear: their public safety argument is counterfactual and misleading to our voters.
Why are we the only state to allow these inhumane tactics to hunt our bears? It’s time we re-establish our bear hunting procedures as fair-chase: responsible, effective, humane and true to the sport and tradition of Maine hunting.
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."