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Friday, 17 August 2018

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Comments from Hunting Advocates on Canned Hunting in Maine
Fair chase "is the ethical, sportsmanlike, and lawful pursuit and taking of free-ranging wild animals in a manner that does not give the hunter an improper or unfair advantage over the animal...big game confined by artificial barriers for commercial shooting are ineligible."

The Boone & Crocket Club
"Hunting Behind Wire" by Bob Humphrey, Maine Sportsman

"These types of hunts are not looked upon in the best light by the public and the Department needs to consider if this is the type of hunting we want to promote,"


Former DIF&W Commissioner Lee Perry
Bangor Daily News

"I don't care if its elk farmers or Zulu hunters doing it. I don't want this called hunting, because it is not hunting if you are doing it in an enclosed area." .... "Basically I just don't think it's hunting. There's a real fair-chase issue here. It's shooting something in a barrel, as far as I am concerned."


Rep. Matt Dunlap
Former House chair of IFW Committee
Sportsman's Alliance of Maine News and Bangor Daily News

"Hunting and fishing in the woods and waters of Maine have a long and storied tradition. It seems to me that any Mainer familiar with the outdoors would realize that canned hunts are not only unfair but not sporting."


Governor John Baldacci
Bangor Daily News

But the Department of Agriculture doesn't want to regulate them either. "We are production driven. This hunt, or whatever you want to call it is certainly not agricultural production."


Chip Ridky, former State Veterinarian
"Hunting Behind Wire" by Bob Humphrey, Maine Sportsman

"In northern New England, the pride is in the chase, not the kill. When someone creates a situation where the chase is not an important part of the process, they're attacking the culture. I'm surprised they even opened a place like that in Maine."   


Jeff Brown, President of the Northeast Buck Club
The Boston Globe

"I'm concerned about Maine's culture and heritage. This is not who we are."


Sen. Marge Kilkelly, former Agriculture Committee member and bill sponsor
The Boston Globe  

L.R. 674 - Joint Resolution to End the Canadian Seal Hunt

MFOA is sponsoring a Joint Resolution calling on the Canadian Government to end their sanctioning of the annual seal pup slaughter. We proposed this resolution in the 124th legislature and it did not get out the Legislative Council (leadership of both parties and chambers) to be voted on by the full legislature.

This legislative session we again filed the resolution and found out that L.R. 674 HAS been sent from the Legislative Council to be drafted and sent out for a vote!  Rep. Paul Waterhouse of Bridgton is our sponsor.

Please L.R. 674 Canadian Seal Hunt Resolution Fact Sheet. Please pass the word, distribute this Fact Sheet, and of course, have people call their legislators to support this resolution to end this horrific annual slaughter.

L.R. 674 Canadian Seal Hunt Resolution Fact Sheet

Is Maine’s Wildlife Management at a Crossroads?
Almost half of Maine’s voters want to see an end to bear baiting, hounding and trapping. The issue of how we kill wildlife has been brought to the public forefront like never before. The referendum significantly raised the awareness of wildlife animal cruelty, unethical hunting practices and how we manage our wildlife in Maine. The referendum flushed out the fundamental reason we had a referendum – the complete control of wildlife issues by a handful of legislators, a special interest group, notably the Maine Sportsman’s Alliance (SAM) and a state agency leadership that are politically, ideologically, personally and financially connected. One has to look no further then the fact that 12 of the 13 members of last year’s Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife members were also members of SAM, and the present Deputy Commissioner of the Department of IF&W was a SAM lobbyist. 
Coyote Snaring Update
Acting upon the recommendations of Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe, the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (DIF&W) has spent the past two years pursuing an “incidental take permit,” a federal document stating that Maine has done everything possible to ensure the safety of protected species and thus, would not be held liable der the Endangered Species Act. Responding to DIF&W’s second effort at writing a permit application, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told state biologists that significant work remained. The USFWS letter criticized the department’s plan as 46 somewhat troubling and appears to be disingenuous,” and requested more scientific evidence of the negative impact that coyotes have on deer populations and that the snaring program works. “The state has offered no support for its contentions that many of the proposed alternatives are unworkable or unwaffanted,” the letter continued. DIF&W’s Ken Elowe said, “common sense and anecdotal information prove that localized coyote control works.” This update appears to be very good news and perhaps another nail in the coffin of this ugly program, but the battle is not over. Letters to the Governor and members of the Committee on IF&W should continue.
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