What if an individual animal causes a nuisance or threatens public safety?
The initiative provides exceptions that would allow the use of bait, dogs, or traps in certain cases, primarily to protect public safety and to conduct wildlife research. In short, if there is a compelling social or biological need to capture or kill a bear, these methods can be used. • How did the measure qualify for the ballot? Thousands of Maine citizens volunteered their time and collected a statewide record of 103,000 signatures of registered voters to qualify the measure. • How many bears do hunters kill in Maine each season? There are about 3,500 bears killed each year, with nearly 3,000 of them killed over bait. Approximately 300 400 are killed with the aid of dogs, and 100 200 are killed with traps. Among the bears killed in 2002, hunters shot 1,599 females and 268 cubs born that year. • Who hunts bears in Maine? About 80% of the bears shot in Maine are killed by trophy hunters from other states. Hunting guides and outfitters set up thousands of bait sites a year and charge ou