After Vote, Baiting Bears With Doughnuts Poised to Stay Legal in Maine
Maine voters seem to be rejecting a ban on the controversial hunting method.
With 514 of 572 precincts reporting as of 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 54 percent of the electorate voted against Tuesday's bear-baiting referendum, while 46 percent voted for it, according to the Bangor Daily News. A spokesperson with Maine's Bureau of Corporations, Elections, & Commissions told National Geographic that the official election results won't be released for 20 days and that the Bangor Daily News is the state's unofficial source.
"Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs, or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?" the ballot question asked.
Proponents of the ballot initiative to outlaw the practice say it's just plain cruel, while the tactic's defenders say it's a vital