January 29, 2023

Ken Allen: Can The Resource Withstand Targeted Game or Fish Populations?

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It takes an entire article in the Portland Press Herald but outdoor writer Ken Allen puts well this comment in the very last two paragraphs:

Rules and regulations for hunting and fishing should address one issue: Can the resource withstand a certain technique without permanently decreasing the targeted game or fish populations?

Bear baiting in Maine offers a perfect example. Hunters here have baited bear big time for decades, and the herd continues to increase, while rural hamlets reap economic benefits from bear hunting over man-placed baits — a win-win situation — but naysayers still complain about baiting.