One of the biggest arguments members of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their blind followers have wrongly stated throughout the latest anti bear hunting campaign in Maine, is that in states that have banned bear hunting over bait, there has not been any problems with bear numbers. Colorado is one state that the antis love to cite as being a state where there was an increase of bear hunters and bear populations remain stable.
However, according to information found at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network website, in a story told there of baiting bear, Jen Vashon, a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) bear biologist, provides information that is contrary to the information being spread by HSUS.
Conflicts between bears and people account for about 500 complaints each year in Maine. Vashon says that’s a small number considering the size of the bear population. She says other states that have restricted bear hunting have seen those complaints rise. Including one western state that banned the use of bait and hounds more than two decades ago.
“Colorado is a great example,” Vashon says. “Their bear population has doubled since their referendum. They have about 1,000 bear complaints each year and in 2012 alone, 400 bears were killed in backyards to protect human safety and almost 100 were killed on roadways.”
HSUS makes the claim that baiting bears is what causes an increase in bear populations. If this claim was true, then Colorado’s bear population would not have doubled in twenty years. This false claim has been levied against all states that have banned bear baiting and it just isn’t factual that bear baiting causes populations to grow.