Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting


Yes on Question 1 Releases New TV Ad Debunking IF&W’s Latest Misleading Statements

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.

Katie Hansberry, campaign director for Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, said: “In addition to their misuse of state resources to campaign against Question 1, and on top of their false claims that baiting is needed for population control, IF&W personnel are resorting to scare tactics, and omitting information that Question 1 specifically allows any method for protecting property and public safety - so game wardens keep all the tools to handle problem bears.”  

The ballot question asks voters, “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?”

“The biggest threat to public safety comes from hunters dumping 7 million pounds of junk food in the woods that is habituating bears to human food sources and growing the population. Within the last 10 years, with baiting amounting to an enormous supplemental feeding program, the state’s bear population has increased by 30 percent. Baiting is precisely the worst way to manage bears if you want to minimize conflicts with people,” adds Hansberry.

IF&W is using unfounded scare tactics to mislead Maine voters in its illegal and coordinated political campaign in opposition to Question 1. Most recently, IF&W falsely stated in an advertisement that Question 1 will take away game wardens ability to manage bears. However, Question 1 specifically allows the IF&W to use baiting, hounding and trapping to protect public safety, property or for research. IF&W will still have these tools to address legitimate nuisance concerns and to keep people, pets, livestock and property safe.

Despites its own advice telling people “Don’t feed the bears,” IF&W and its political allies in the bear baiting industry essentially run a bear farming program that grows the bear population and teaches bears to seek out human foods and smells. Voters can end this reckless garbaging for bears, and help to stabilize the bear population and nuisance complaintslike other states have done, by voting Yes on Question 1.

Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting is a coalition of state and national groups, environmental and animal organizations, animal shelters and rescue groups, hunters, veterinarians, businesses, community and faith leaders and independent biologists.

For more on Yes on Question 1and Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, visit yeAnchorAnchorsonquAnchorestion1.com.


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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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