I certainly would like some feedback from you guys about this. I don't know whether to be angry or agree.
Some of what he says is true and some of it is plain lies. He sounds threatening in many ways.
I'm just not sure exactly what to make of what he says.
What they couldn't get by threat, they're trying to get by cajoling. He says there is little to lose and a lot to gain, but all I see is loss and erosion of our heritage. Now is the time to present a unified front, joining SAM or another organization, even if you don't agree with all of their views. We must hang together or we'll surely hang separately.
"If the Department's report is essentially a whitewash or status quo document that has no meaningful changes,"
Why change something that has been working for years? Hunting bears with bait-hounds-traps are well documented management tools. Nothing else comes close other than paying specialists to "KILL AND LEAVE 'EM WHERE THEY LAY" for per diem (big $$$).
"Advocates of the ban need only look at Maine's shifting population to figure out that their time is coming - unless alert lawmakers act sooner. A sensible step would be to separate baiting from trapping and hounding, protect the first and ban the latter"
And then what? Leave trapping to be banned next year?
"That is exactly what proponents for change have advanced in these advisory meetings. Representatives from Maine Friends of Animals, The Izaak Walton League and The Wildlife Alliance of Maine have put forth that position as a very reasonable compromise that would go a long way in diffusing a growing divide."
WHAT??? This guy is definately an ANTIHUNT S.O.B. The growing "divide" is only because we haven't closed our borders and become an independant nation, and the ANTI HUNT folks will only move to Maine to take our right to hunt/fish/trap and them move on to the next state that needs their services.
We (Mainers) need to pass a law that says you have to ACTUALLY PROVE THAT YOU HAVE LIVED IN MAINE FOR A YEAR, (that's right, collecxt your mail everyday for 365 days and prove it) BEFORE they can become a "resident".
I won't even go into this guys "ten commandments" to wipe out bear hunting. My only hope is that his child or grandchild doesn't have to be EATEN BY A BEAR to change his mind!