Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting


OPINION: Innocent creatures

Having lived in a dozen states and chosen Maine more than 20 years ago as the home of my heart, I am terribly disappointed — horrified, really — to realize everything is not “the way life should be” after all. How can the state of Maine allow the cruel and unnecessary practices of bear hounding, baiting and trapping?
 
By now, no other state allows all three of these unethical practices, and surely they do not reflect the values of Mainers. All three methods are unquestionably unfair and clearly torturous to the innocent creatures.
 
The reason cited for continuing these practices is that the bear population will increase to intolerable levels if they are stopped. Yet other states have found that argument to be false. Colorado, Oregon and Washington found their numbers of fair chase hunters increased, while the numbers of bears did not.
 
I firmly believe the people of Maine should be able to vote on the issue. Shall we be the only state where all three forms of this cruelty to our iconic bears is endorsed?
 
Maxene Doty 
Blue Hill
 
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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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