Thank you for your interest in signing our petition to protect Maine's bears from the reckless and unnecessary practices of hounding, baiting, and trapping.
On February 3rd, the Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting coalition submitted 78,528 signatures to Maine's Secretary of State. Thanks to the selfless dedication of our hundreds of volunteers -- and thousands of signers -- we submitted enough signatures, confirmed valid by the town offices of more than 400 towns and cities to qualify for the November 2014 ballot!
We are now one step closer to ending Maine's notorious distinction as the only state in the country to still allow all three inhumane and unsporting practices of bear hounding, baiting, and trapping.
Sign up to help us gear up for Election Day! You can help make a difference by making phone calls, seeking endorsements, submitting letters to the editor of your local paper, helping in our campaign office, hosting a fundraiser... and so much more.
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."