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Bears are on the ballot in Maine as hunting methods are debated
Bears are on the ballot in Maine as hunting methods are debated

It has been a big year for bears in the news, especially in Maine, where voters on Nov. 4 face a question that has bedeviled other bear-heavy states: how to keep the species’ population at bay in the face of pressure from animal rights groups lobbying to ban certain hunting methods.   The campaign around the Maine Bear Hunting Ban Initiative, which will appear on the ballot as Question 1, has shed light on Maine’s unique status in the wildlife world. It remains the only state in the lower 48 where hunters may use bait, traps and dogs to nab bears.   Voters are being asked whether these methods should be banned except to protect property, public safety or for...

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