A new anti-hunting organization has announced its intent to qualify a ballot initiative before voters to ban the most successful methods of controlling bear numbers in Maine. Called Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the organization is actually backed by the nation’s largest anti-hunting organization; the Washington DC based Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
The goal of the organization and their ballot initiative is to ban bear hunting using hounds, bait and trapping. The group must gather nearly 57,277 valid signatures by February 3, 2014 to place the issue before voters in the November 2014 election.
Maine voters shot down an identical measure financed by HSUS nearly ten years ago. In 2004, Question 2 was defeated 53 percent to 47 percent. Earlier this year, HSUS backed legislation to ban bear trapping and bear hunting with hounds. The bill, LD 1474, was unanimously voted down by a joint committee of the state legislature.