Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting


Russell Talmo

Russell Talmo is a human-wildlife conflict prevention expert specializing in human-bear conflict mitigation. He currently manages an Electric Fence Incentive Program in Montana and consults with landowners, agencies, and other NGOs to plan and implement human-wildlife conflict reduction projects. Russell formerly served as Assistant Bear Management Specialist with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, where he also fulfilled a term as Acting Bear Management Specialist.

In his role with Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, he assisted with research trapping and human-bear conflict management, conducted monitoring and data management of the Eastern Rocky Mountain Front grizzly bear population, provided landowners and communities with planning and implementation of human-bear conflict reduction projects, and coordinated efforts for conflict reduction between diverse entities including landowners, volunteers, NGOs, and governmental agencies. Russell also served as Program Biologist and Grants Coordinator for Wind River Bear Institute, where he conducted program development and management of human-bear conflict prevention programs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from University of Montana.

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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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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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