Judge Says Maine Wildlife Officials Can Speak Against Anti Bear-Hunt Restrictions

Save Maines Bear Hunt
Save Maines Bear Hunt
National Shooting Sports Foundation
National Shooting Sports Foundation

NEWTOWN, Conn –-(Ammoland.com)- A superior court judge refused to issue a temporary injunction to stop Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials from publicly opposing bear-hunting restrictions.

Cumberland County Judge Joyce Wheeler ruled that Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting had failed to demonstrate that the department’s opposition to a Nov. 4 ballot question caused “irreparable injury,” and that department employees’ speech is protected under the First Amendment. The referendum question asks if hunters in Maine should be banned from using bait, traps and dogs to hunt black bears.

The same proposal was rejected by Maine voters in 2004 by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent.

The coalition behind the ballot question is funded by the anti-hunting Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

About NSSFThe National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 6,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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James C Barcliff Sr

I have watched Blaine Anthony for many seasons on the Bear Whisperer show and have always enjoyed the NO B.S way the show is put forth!!! I am very happy about the judges decision to stop this attempt to stop OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH, given to us all by Our Forefathers!!! GOD BLESS to all involved in this great win for All in America!!! Thanks to Blaine, all of the staff at the Maine Dept. of F & W for all their hard work, dedication and love for the entire outdoors!!!