PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Money is pouring into Maine from out of state to support and oppose a ballot question that could ban three methods of bear hunting.
The Nov. 4 referendum could ban hunting bears via the use of bait, dogs and traps. State campaign finance reports state pro-ban group Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting has raised $1.36 million. Maine Wildlife Conservation Council, the largest group opposing the ban, has raised $1.87 million.
More than 96 percent of Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting's money is coming from Washington, D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States and its legislative fund. Maine Wildlife Conservation Council's money is coming from many sources, including the Ohio-based U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, Arizona-based Safari Club International and numerous out-of-state hunting groups.
Dozens of Maine donors are also donating to both groups.