July 24, 2014

Bearing Roaming Downtown Waterville, Maine

WATERVILLE — Police have received multiple reports from people who say they have seen a bear wandering about the city.<<<Read More>>>


Deadline Approaching for Any-Deer Permit Lottery Paper Application

Press Release from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding all hunters that the deadline to apply for the 2014 Any-Deer (Antlerless) Permit Lottery using a paper application is Friday, July 25. Online applicants have until 11:59 p.m. August 15th to apply at www.mefishwildlife.com.

Paper applications must be postmarked by July 25 or delivered in person to 284 State Street in Augusta before 5 p.m. on Friday, July 25. You can download the application at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/lotteries/anydeer/pdfs/2014any-deerapplication.pdf.

Residents applying to hunt on their own land without a license and applicants with a legal residence outside the U.S. or Canada must use the paper application and may not apply for an any-deer permit online.

It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The lottery drawing will be held on September 9 and results will be posted on the Department’s web site that day after 2 p.m.

This year, there will be a total of 37,185 any deer permits available in 12 districts. These districts are primarily in southern and central Maine.

Deer hunting season (firearms) begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on Oct. 25. Youth hunters may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in the wildlife management districts where any-deer permits will be issued this fall.

Maine Resident Only Day will be held on Nov. 1 this year.

Deer hunting season (firearms) runs from Nov. 3 to Nov. 29.

For more information on deer hunting in Maine, visit www.mefishwildlife.com.

Winning and Losing The War on Propaganda in Maine’s Anti Bear Referendum Battle

NugentThe battle over the upcoming bear hunting referendum in Maine will be won or lost depending on who can wage the biggest amount of effective lying and demonization of “the other side.” This is at its best in a recent editorial in the Bangor Daily News, where the paper attempts to make readers think the paper is not biased in this campaign against normal Maine living.

On the one hand, you have the Humane Society of the United States; perhaps one of the most corrupt and dishonest organizations in America pointing a finger at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Save Maine’s Bear Hunt and placing shame on them for employing Ted Nugent as their campaign spokesman, as if this makes them corrupt and dishonest. The Bangor Daily News, while trying to claim they aren’t party to the lies perpetuated on both sides, takes key quotes and uses them craftily against the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Save Maine’s Bear Hunt.

The newspaper chooses to post at least part of a quote from James Cote, campaign manager for Save Maine’s Bear Hunt: [Ted Nugent] “has never been and will never be a spokesperson for our campaign. We, as the only organized opposition, have never announced that he has anything to do with our campaign.” Perhaps Mr. Cote missed the lesson that day when most were taught NEVER to use never and always in sentences that deal with people.

If this was the quote Cote made and in the context it was intended to be, then Cote erred in making it. While the intent may have been to put some distance between Save Maine’s Bear Hunt and the always controversial Ted Nugent, Cote’s choice of words to do that perhaps were not well selected. Nugent had just given one of his guitars to the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to use to help in raising funds to fight the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) wanting to ban bear hunting.

Without having the full text of all the words spoken by Cote, it’s difficult to know exactly how he attempted to correct HSUS’s lies about Nugent being a spokesman for Save Maine’s Bear Hunt. The Bangor Daily News, a professional at spinning words to sell copy and promoting their own, sometimes not-so-impartial, agendas, jumped all over Cote’s words in a double whammie, covering it’s own butt while at the same time being clever enough to continue to be biased against Maine’s bear hunting by manipulating words. In other words, while attempting to let readers know that the paper understands that Nugent isn’t a spokesman for Save Maine’s Bear Hunt, they took the opportunity to cease on Cote’s words to divide his camp, which in turn will lesson the power of Save Maine’s Bear Hunt in its battle with HSUS. Very clever. This is what happens when you have the media on your side.

Of course the lesson here is to choose your words carefully; always an extremely difficult task when dealing with greedy and biased news media.

On the other hand, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Save Maine’s Bear Hunt do not have the resources the criminals at HSUS have and need to be careful of the words they speak for and/or against those who choose to support them. We cannot always choose the ideal supporters for any campaign but words that would not cut off the hand that feeds you nor provide ammunition for a biased media sure would help. This is a classic example of David and Goliath.

Animal Worshipers May Die From Anthrax

My above title to this article should be as effective as the nonsense I read in a recent letter to the editor in the Kennebec Journal that came from a woman who once wanted to know why the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) killed so many crows that were destroying the eggs and small animals of endangered species.

In the most recent Letter to the Editor, this woman claims that bear cubs get caught in snares and chews its leg off to escape while the cub’s mother watches on in agony.

Beware of anthrax!

Humane Society of the United States is All About Money

Humane Watch has a recent article that exposes the actions of the Humane Society of the United States(HSUS) in which their main goal is to raise money and not to care for animals. After all, they have large salaries and pensions to pay and as a result do very little for the care and concern for animals.

In Maine, where HSUS is mounting a multi-million dollar campaign against the citizens of that state to end bear hunting, those who support wildlife management that allows the managers to implement tools necessary for healthy populations of animals, have repeatedly stated that HSUS, an organization centered in Washington, D.C., is all about money and are using the referendum in Maine for the purpose of raising more money to pay more salaries and pensions.

In the Humane Watch article, it is about a lawsuit filed against HSUS because they fired the head of a horse sanctuary. The lawsuit claimed an illegal termination. During testimony, part of a deposition, the fired woman spoke openly of how she was told her job was to raise big money not run the facility or care for the animals, which evidently was being done by someone else.

If for no other reason than to know that HSUS uses your donations for personal use, i.e. salaries and pensions and nothing toward animal welfare, you should stop donating to such a fake and corrupt organization.

Who Cares What Some Socialist From England Thinks About Maine’s Bear Hunting

There was recently a short Letter to the Editor from a Barbara Skapa of Mt. Vernon, Maine whose attempt, evidently, was to shame Maine residents about bear hunting. Skapa passed on a supposed comment made by somebody from socialist England; that place where the king owns the wild animals and “True Believers” become useful idiots to protect the king’s animals. No more than people from England would give two rat’s tails about what Maine residents thought about their ways of life, Maine people don’t care what someone from England thinks about bear hunting.

But what’s missing from the Letter to the Editor is information about the author. So here is some of it and a link so you can read more about her.

“My name is Barbara Skapa. I live in Mt Vernon and am supposed to be retired but am known to Commissioner Bradstreet and his dairy staff as Barbara of Echo Ridge Organic cows’ milk cheese; as the Dept of Ag licenses me as a cheesemaker.
I am a member of various animal protection orgs including ME Friends of Animals, Voice for Animals, the Maine Federation of Dog Clubs, on behalf of which I do NOT testify this morning; but rather on behalf of members of the recently incorporated Maine Poodle Rescue.”

Maine Pig Strikes Again

From the Boston Globe:

“The pig, described as black and white and weighing about 80 pounds, allegedly “screamed” at and chased after two children on July 8. A police officer on a bicycle and animal control officers looked for the pig, but found only its tracks. After the search came up pigless, police told the Morning Sentinel that they would not be “actively looking for the pig.”

But now it seems that the pig has come out of hiding, and is actively looking for its next victim.”


Is The Humane Society of the United States Introducing Wild Hogs to Maine?

This was sent to me by a reader from Maine:


Maine Will Vote on Bear Hunting Referendum in November

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When Pigs Fly? Wild Pigs in Maine?

Today we here this story of how a pig squealed at and threatened kids walking through the woods between the middle and high schools in Oakland, Maine.

It wasn’t that long ago that a Eurasian wild pig was shot and killed by a hunter in the town of Mercer perhaps only 14 or so miles away.

Will wild hogs replace Maine’s deer as a species to hunt in a few years?