December 9, 2023

Complaints about roaming bears spur debate over baiting ban

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“Black bears foraging for food are appearing in neighborhoods across southern and central Maine, prompting an increase in calls to state wildlife officials and warnings from local police to make backyards less attractive to the animals.

So far this year there have been 605 bear complaints, outpacing the total of 400 for all of 2013. Given that there are about 30,000 bears in Maine – a 30 percent increase from 10 years ago and more bears than any other state east of the Mississippi River – the number of complaints is relatively small, according to wildlife officials.”<<<Read More>>>