Bear encounters rise in Maine as hunt vote nears

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Bear encounters rise in Maine as hunt vote nears

Postby Tom Nolette » Mon May 19, 2014 5:58 am

Bear encounters rise in Maine as hunt vote nears
The state has received 44 nuisance bear complaints in the four weeks since bears started emerging from hibernation, a high number for this early in the year, state officials say.
By Patrick Whittle

Maine’s black bears have emerged from hibernation and are pawing through garbage cans, bird feeders and pet dishes, igniting a debate between hunters and conservationists about an upcoming referendum on the state’s bear hunt. A November ballot question could prohibit bear hunting with bait, dogs or traps. Maine is the only state that allows all three of those hunting methods, and it’s the only state that allows recreational trapping. Baiting, which accounts for 80 percent of the state bear hunt, is by far the most popular method...

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