Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting


Press Releases

Press Releases
Nov 05, 2014

(Nov. 5, 2014) – 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. It was the second time in 10 years that voters have narrowly rejected this set of reforms clustered into a single ballot initiative.

Press Releases
Nov 03, 2014

(Nov. 3, 2014)  – The Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices denied a request to investigate the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council’s nondisclosure of campaign contributions from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Katie Hansberry, campaign director for Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, issued the following statement:

Press Releases
Nov 01, 2014

(Nov. 1, 2014) – Yes! On 1 released new online videos highlighting the indefensible practices that the IF&W are supporting – the cruel methods of trapping, baiting and hounding – and debunking the false scare tactics the opponents of Question 1 are using.

Press Releases
Oct 30, 2014

Evidence from other states shows a stable bear population and increased revenue

(Oct. 30, 2014) – A recently released report shows that a “Yes” on Question 1 will lead to increased bear hunting participation and revenue generation for the state, while stabilizing the bear population. Colorado, Oregon and Washington prohibited these cruel methods two decades ago and have been effectively managing their bear population while keeping bear-human conflicts stable and dramatically increasing revenue.

Oct 27, 2014

Their own biologists, former SAM leader and hunting writers say bears are not a safety threat

Press Releases
Oct 23, 2014

Government staff members don’t believe the agency’s political scare tactics; have personal stake in campaign

(Oct. 23, 2014) – Internal emails released by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife show that the agency has been misleading the public about Question 1. IF&W had refused to disclose these emails, and only did after a Maine court ordered the agency to do so last week. The emails released so far undermine some core IF&W claims about Question 1.

Press Releases
Oct 23, 2014

A case study  from Washington proves that an end to bear baiting, trapping and hounding is in Maine’s best interest. The study was done by Gary M. Koehler, Ph.D., a nationally respected bear biologist and former Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife research scientist.

Press Releases
Oct 22, 2014

David Rockefeller Jr., a well-known philanthropist, announced his support of the Yes on Question 1 campaign. He joins Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the group urging a Yes vote on Question 1, in its efforts to ban the cruel and unsporting practices of bear baiting, hounding and trapping. He offered the following statement: 

Press Releases
Oct 22, 2014

Agency playing fear card with the public, but one of its staff members says claim isn’t credible

Press Releases
Oct 21, 2014

New report shows IF&W’s current management of black bears is growing the bear population

Oct 16, 2014

Government lawyers promise no further expenditures and disclosure of additional government records

Press Releases
Oct 15, 2014

Ballot measure would boost Maine’s economy by swelling participation in fair chase hunting, as all other states that passed similar initiatives saw

(Oct. 15, 2014) – The Question 1 opponents’ “economic analysis” released today – and prepared by a group that has long worked for the trophy hunting lobby – continues the campaign’s trend of scare tactics and misleading information about the effects of Question 1.

Press Releases
Oct 08, 2014

(Oct. 8, 2014) –An emergency injunction is being sought to stop the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s continuing illegal use of taxpayer money to conduct a political campaign in opposition to Question 1. The motion, filed by Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, also asks the court to compel IF&W to immediately disclose records concerning its political activities, which the department has hidden for many months.

Press Releases
Oct 02, 2014

Yes on Question 1 released a new television ad debunking false claims about Question 1, the citizen initiative to ban the cruel and unsporting practices of bear baiting, hounding and trapping. Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the group leading the Yes on Question 1 campaign, released this ad to inform Maine voters of the truth surrounding Question 1 and that responsible and humane bear management works.

View the new ad here.

Sep 30, 2014

IF&W spending taxpayer money to advance political agenda against Fair Bear Hunting Initiative, covering up the extent of involvement from voters

Read the complaint here.

Read common questions and answers about our complaint here.


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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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