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Money Pours Into Maine for Bear Hunting Vote

Monday, October 13, 2014

A ballot question that could ban the use of dogs, bait and traps for bear hunting in Maine has outside groups pouring money into the state on both sides of the issue.

The fundraising is taking place as both sides are intensifying campaigns for and against the Nov. 4 ballot measure. Television ads are airing and signs dot hundreds of street corners in the state.

Opponents have said passing the referendum would allow the state's bear population — estimated at about 30,000 — to grow, increasing the chances of dangerous encounters with humans. They have also said banning baiting and hounding would hurt tourism and put guides and outfitters out of business.

Read More: ABC News

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