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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    In November, Maine voters will have a chance to vote to change bear hunting laws in the state, bringing them more in line with other states that have banned certain practices that are still allowed here. Question 1 on the ballot will ask “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting, except to protect property, public safety, or for research?” One of the organizers behind the November referendum is Daryl DeJoy, Executive Director of the Wildlife Alliance of Maine, and former host of “Ask WAM” here on WERU. We spoke with him about this issue earlier this week:

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Today we’re catching up with Daryl DeJoy, Executive Director of the Wildlife Alliance of Maine, getting an update on the issues they are working on, including bear baiting, and lynx protection in Maine

    FMI: www.wildlifealliancemaine.org fairbearhunt.com/

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Of the 29 states that allow bear hunting, only 18 allow the practice of baiting– luring them to an area with food. Several states have banned the practice in recent years, and efforts are underway here in Maine to follow suit. Daryl DeJoy of Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting (and full disclosure- he also was the host of the short feature “Ask WAM” that aired on WERU in the past) is leading the efforts to put the issue out to voters. While anyone attempting to reform hunting in Maine is often dismissed as an urban dweller that has never spent time in the woods, Daryl DeJoy’s background dispels that stereotype (Interview with Daryl DeJoy)

    According to numbers provided by Doug Rafferty, spokesperson for Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in 2012 the total revenue the state received from bear hunting and trapping permits was just over ½ a million dollars. More bear hunting permits were sold to non-residents than to Mainers, although the opposite is true for trapping permits. We spoke with Doug Rafferty earlier today.

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