Maine Hunters Successful In Stalling LD 1474

Maine Legislature / USSA, Bear Hunting Magazine

Hundreds of Maine bear hunting supporters gathered at a legislative hearing last Friday in opposition to a bill that would have banned bear hunting with dogs and bear trapping. The bill, LD 1474, was supported and backed by the Humane Society of the United States.

At the hearing, members of the Joint Committee on Inland Fisheries heard testimony from dozens of Maine sportsmen’s organizations and individuals. After the testimonies, the Committee unanimously voted that the bill “ought not to pass." This move will more than likely kill the bill for this session.

Not only those that showed up and spoke, but also those who called and emailed members of the committee helped make this a reality. While many believe that this was a great win for Maine bear hunters, it may just be the beginning of the fight to protect bear hunting and trapping in Maine. HSUS has threatened to take its anti-bear hunting agenda to the ballot for the second time in the last 10 years. In 2004, Maine citizens shot down a similar attempt to ban bear hunting with dogs, bear trapping, and bear baiting when HSUS went to the ballot with Question 2.

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