Don’t feed the bears

To the Editor:

I was born and raised in Maine.

I have lived and worked in Maine my entire life. So it is with some surprise that I watch television ads by “professionals” employed by the State of Maine imply that it is out of state interests driving the Vote Yes on 1 campaign.

There are a lot of Mainers like myself who are against trapping, baiting and hounding, folks who grew up with an understanding and respect for fair hunting.

Who is paying for these ads anyway?

And shame on the state’s wildlife biologists trying to scare people by implying that we are not safe if we do not engage in these deplorable methods to hunt bears. I have lived in the woods for most of my adult life and have enjoyed coexisting with the wildlife that share my environment, including black bears.

Who has not learned from an early age that you do not feed the bears? Is this a lesson that the wildlife biologists on the TV ads have not learned? Do their colleagues that work in National and State Parks and promote not feeding the bears there agree that it is okay to dump millions of pounds of junk food in the woods to feed the bears?

I stand with the registered guides, skilled hunters and independent biologists (not employed by the state), along with thousands of Mainers, who will be voting “yes” on 1 for a Fair Bear Hunt.

Sherry Treworgy