AR-News: (US ME) Anti-bear-baiting group has low expectations in Legislature

Animalara2003 at Animalara2003 at
Mon Mar 29 12:19:05 EST 2004 

PORTLAND (AP) -- An initiated bill to outlaw bear hunting with bait, dogs and 
traps goes before a legislative committee Wednesday, but its backers see 
little prospect that the measure will win lawmaker support.
Robert Fisk of Maine Citizens For Fair Bear Hunting thinks the measure will 
get little more than token consideration. That means Maine voters will decide 
the issue in a statewide referendum in November.
Sen. Bruce Bryant co-chairs the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. 
Bryant supports the state's bear management practices and says it's bad policy to 
try to manage wildlife by referendum.
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