The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has spoken out against November’s Question number 1.

The Maine DIFW is responsible for the statewide conservation and management of wildlife and employs biologists and researchers to maintain a healthy population of bears while minimizing negative encounters between bears and people.

“The Department opposes Question 1 since if it passes, it would cripple the Department’s ability to control the bear population” declares the DIFW on their web site. “The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine’s Bear Biologists, and Maine Game Wardens are opposed to Question #1 because the traditional hunting methods that would be banned by this referendum are the only effective tools that are available to control the state’s large bear population.”

More information is available from the Department’s 2014 Bear Referendum web page.