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Maine: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Opposes Referendum Based on Forty Years of Research

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the state agency directly responsible for the conservation of Maine’s wildlife, has publicly announced its opposition to Question #1, the Maine Bear Hunting Initiative.

Maine’s bear research program and biologists are among the most respected in North America.  In a recent release by the IF&W, they made it clear that if Question 1 passes, their ability to control Maine’s high bear population will be devastated and that this will lead to an increase in nuisance bear complaints and cause a threat to public safety.

Despite having one of the largest black bear populations in North America, Maine experiences a relatively low number of bear/human conflicts each year.  The wildlife biologists with IF&W attribute this to the three most effective hunting methods: bait, dogs and traps.

To read the IF&W release, click here.

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