Maine Anti-Bear Hunting Bill Ignores Will of Voters- (04/01)
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Anti-hunting legislation in Maine will disregard citizens’ support for the state’s black bear hunt, which was demonstrated by the results of a 2004 ballot initiative.
House Bill 917, introduced by Rep. Benjamin Dudley, D-Portland, will ban bear hunting with hounds and traps. The bill contradicts the decision made in November when Maine voters rejected ballot Question 2 by a vote of 47 to 53. The ballot issue would have prohibited bear hunting using bait, hounds and bear trapping.
“Maine citizens have already visited this issue,” said Tony Celebrezze, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of state services. “Voters want the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to manage bear populations and they have already rejected the elimination of hunting from wildlife management options.”
Dedicated Maine sportsmen brought in more than $1.5 million and worked tirelessly to ensure the defeat of the anti-hunting ballot issue campaign. If HB 917 passes, that work will be for naught.
House Bill 917 is before the Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Other house bills that have been introduced by anti-hunters to subvert the will of the voters include HB 238 and HB 392 to ban bear baiting, as well as HB 461 to prohibit bear hunting with dogs.
Take Action! Maine sportsmen are urged to ask their representatives to oppose HB 917, HB 238, HB 392 and HB 461. Let them know that that these bills will be a direct attack on the will of the voters. To contact your representative, call (207) 287-1400 or use the Legislative Action Center at http://www.ussportsmen.org.