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Word from the Woods: Humane Society weighs in on bear baiting

Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, encourages Portland residents Judy Spross (left) and Nan Solomons to vote "yes" on Question 1 on the Nov. 14 ballot on Aug. 10, 2014. Question 1 is a referendum to ban the use of bait, hounds and traps to hunt black bear in Maine.
By Aislinn Sarnacki, BDN Staff

John left me alone again this week! He’s on vacation, probably goofing off at camp as we speak, tampering with wasp nests or falling off his dock — getting into some classic Holyoke conundrums. I’m sure you’ll read all about it next week. Meanwhile, I’ve been scrambling up mountains and digging deep into arguments about the upcoming referendum to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding. It’s been a whirlwind week, even without Holyoke here to stir things up.

— Aislinn Sarnacki

Visit by U.S. humane society president brings national view to Maine’s bear baiting vote

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, based in Washington, D.C., traveled to Maine over the weekend to support the upcoming referendum to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding in Maine. Pacelle walked door-to-door encouraging voters to vote “yes” on Question 1.

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On the horizon

Get read to read a big bear story — not a story about a big bear, but a big story about bears in general. You’ll hear from both sides of the debate on bear baiting, hounding and trapping. Even if you’ve already decided how you’re going to vote on the upcoming bear referendum, I bet you’ll learn a thing or two. Look for it this weekend.

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