Bill to expand Maine game parks OKd

Posted May 20, 2009, at 12:07 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine House has given initial approval to a bill that would allow two more game-hunting parks, which would be located in counties that don’t have them now.

The bill was approved Wednesday after a debate in which supporters said the expansion will promote economic development in areas of the state that need it, while opponents said game park activities violate traditional hunting practices.

Maine now allows no more than 11 licenses for big-game parks, but two of the licenses have been given up. Sanford Democratic Rep. John Tuttle’s bill would allow those licenses to be reactivated in counties that have no game parks. One business has already expressed interest in opening a game park in Piscataquis County.

The bill faces further House and Senate votes.