Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting


LTE: Sugar bear

In response to two recent articles in the BDN, I’d like to point out that Maine’s black bears belong to all Maine residents, not just to hunters. The referendum initiated by Mainers for fair bear hunting is aimed at protecting “our” bears from the cruel, unsporting, unnecessary practices of baiting, trapping and hounding.

This referendum is supported not only by the Humane Society of the United States but also the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, many animal shelters, veterinarians, responsible hunters and those of us who believe in Mahatma Gandhi’s words: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

How can anyone believe that leaving a 300-pound bear stuck in a 2½-inch ankle snare for a day of extreme pain is acceptable? Or that letting a pack of dogs attack a mama bear and her cubs is acceptable?

As for bear baiting, the March 4 article said the best way to reduce human-bear interactions is to adopt strict measures to keep human food away from bears. When bear baiting was banned in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, the bear population stabilized. Interestingly, in Maine, the bear population began to increase shortly after bear baiting began. A diet of doughnuts, pizza and grease fattens female bears, leading to more cubs in the den. Also, according to Wednesday’s article, this type of junk-food diet can cause bears’ teeth to rot.

If you care about Maine’s black bears, please join me and support this referendum.

Wendy Andresen, Camden, ME


Endorsements

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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