While I am sure Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting (MFBH) was hoping the presentation of their lawsuit against Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would sizzle yesterday at Maine’s Supreme Court, it actually fizzled. The group has been grumbling about DIF&W’s defense of bear hunting and trapping since before the voters defeated their proposal to ban bear baiting, hounding, and trapping.
MFBH tee’d up their case yesterday in front of the seven Justices of the Maine Supreme Court, and promptly hit the ball out of bounds. Way out of bounds.
Sitting in the back row, I thought our side probably could have walked out right after Rachel Wertheimer, MFBH’s attorney, sat down. Wertheimer, who works for the Portland law firm of Verrill Dana, got grilled by the Justices and had a hard time answering their questions.