2014-10-03 / Letters

Voters should consider baiting facts

To the editor:

On Nov. 4, Mainers can cast their votes on Question 1 based on sound science and factual information or they can cast their votes based on an emotional wave the yes supporters are trying to create and ride to victory.

Supporters of Question 1 have stated repeatedly and are now running televisions ads that claim baiting bears is bad for the species and leads to a whole host of problems.

A review of the referendum language reveals that if the yes supporters prevail on Question 1, they will still allow the feeding and baiting of bears to continue.

This is not the wording you will see on the ballot, but the actual changes to the law that most of us never see.

They would continue to allow landowners and researchers to feed and bait bears. Their claims regarding baiting and fair chase seem to be hollow.

Why would supporters for yes on Question 1 allow feeding and baiting of bears to continue if they truly believe it’s as bad for the species as they claim? They have also stated repeatedly that “fair chase” is an effective way to hunt bears. If they believe that “fair chase” is so effective, why wouldn’t they require researchers to use fair chase to find bears and tranquilize them instead of continuing to allow researchers to bait them?

Actions speak louder than words and their actions of allowing baiting to continue should tell Mainers all we need to know. The yes supporters do not really believe fair chase is effective and researchers will not be able to locate bears using fair chase.

Please vote no on Question 1 and allow the bear population to be managed by the true experts, our state’s biologists.

Mike Mosher
Kennebunk

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