All of Maine’s big game animals will get attention during this legislative session. Although only bill titles have been published so far, in addition to the first 200 bills that are now available, we can tell you what the major and minor issues are going to be.
A battle over bears is brewing. Senator Ed Mazurek of Knox County has sponsored the bill proposed by the Humane Society of the United States to prohibit bear trapping and hounding, ban the sale of bear galls, make a second bear hunting offense a felony, and ban spring bear hunts. I have heard rumors that HSUS may have removed from their bill their proposal to prohibit spring bear hunts, reluctant to battle Maine’s Indian Tribes on that issue.