Bear management presentation May 15

Apr 29, 2014

Hope — Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Biologist Kendall Marden will provide a program on how the Black Bear population is managed in Maine.

The program will be held Thursday, May 15 at Beaver Lodge on the grounds of Knox County Fish & Game in Hope. The evening will start with a spaghetti dinner at 6:30 p.m. for a donation. The presentation will begin immediately after dinner.

Maine is at the forefront of black bear management and research, with one of the most extensive and comprehensive bear studies in the nation. Since it began in 1975, more than 3,000 bears have been captured, released and tracked. Maine Wildlife biologists track between 80 to 100 bears annually and over 80 bear dens are visited each winter to collect detailed information on survival, cub birth rates, behavior and health. A well-managed bear population keeps human/bear conflicts low while providing recreational and economic opportunities.

Maine IF&W is strongly opposed to the passing of the bear referendum initiated last year. In addition, all three candidates for governor, 30 organizations and over 60 current State Senators and Representatives oppose passage of the referendum. The referendum, if passed will eliminate IF&W’s ability to manage the bear population. The methods the referendum proposes to eliminate are the methods which are used to take over 90 percent of the bears harvested each year. Marden’s presentation will provide information necessary for voters to make an educated decision concerning the referendum in November.

For more information, contact Vic Maccallum at 975-4447.

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