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Title: Maine Wildlife Council Votes to Fight Anti-Hunting Initiativ
Post by: Big58cal on January 23, 2004, 09:00:54 PM
Maine sportsmen who are preparing to battle an anti-bear hunting ballot issue now have the backing of the state’s wildlife advisory panel.

On January 22, the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council, a ten-member advisory committee for the state wildlife agency, voted to oppose the upcoming referendum to ban bear hunting.  The council based its action on biological and economic data.

“The wildlife advisory council joins biologists, a majority of the state’s legislators and Governor Baldacci in opposition to the looming anti-hunting initiative,” said Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president for government affairs.  “Maine’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Council, the official campaign committee opposing the issue, will use this latest endorsement to continue its impressive efforts to stimulate grassroots sportsmen’s action and raise funds to win the campaign.”

The National Bear Hunting Defense Task Force, organized by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, is working with Sportsmen’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) and the coalition of sportsmen’s groups involved in Maine’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Council to defeat the anti-bear hunting voter initiative.

National animal rights groups, which have taken the anti-hunting agenda to the ballot in states from Maine to California, are funding the campaign to ban Maine’s bear hunt.