July 22, 2019

Maine Should Increase Bag Limit on Bears From One Bear to Two

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Perhaps it is time for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife(MDIFW) to put their money where their mouth is and increase the bear harvest bag limit to two bears per licensed hunter rather than leave it at one. MDIFW has often said that they are concerned that too few bears are being harvested each season and that the population is growing too large. Yet, they refuse to do anything proactive about the situation.

In the meantime, the anti human organization, Humane Society of the United States, is presenting a citizen’s initiative this fall to ban bear hunting. MDIFW is rightfully making the claim that with essentially removing all viable forms of being able to control the bear population would present a public safety issue.

With the bear population at present, higher than MDIFW thinks it ought to be, at least in some places, MDIFW should practice what they are preaching and take steps now to increase the bear harvest in order to better control the bear population. This also may send a better message to Maine voters that controlling bear populations is a serious issue.

Maine’s neighbors to the north in New Brunswick are considering increasing the bag limit to two animals, up from just one, due to an increase in the bear population believed to be the result of fewer bear hunters coming each year to bag a bear.

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