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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is no stranger to inserting itself into state-level proceedings to advance its own anti-hunter agenda. Such was the case in 2014 when the organization—through the front group “Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting”—filed a lawsuit against the state of Maine. As the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance (USSA) reported on Thursday, Apr. 14, the case was dismissed in 2015 by a Superior Court justice and finally laid to rest this week by the Maine Supreme Court.
The case originated in 2014 following the defeat of Maine’s Question 1 in a citizen’s vote. Question 1 was a hunting ban initiative originally launched by the aforementioned Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting.
The HSUS-sponsored legislation would have banned the use of bait, dogs and traps when bear hunting. It was opposed by state sportsmen as well as many professional wildlife managers. Following Question 1’s defeat in an open vote, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting sued the state of Maine, alleging that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife had an inappropriate level of engagement in the campaign.
According to the USSA news release, the original lawsuit sought to remove television advertisements of the Maine Wildlife Conservation Council—which was fighting to preserve the state’s nationally recognized black-bear management program—from the air. The lawsuit alleged the ads featured state personnel talking about the dangers of Question 1.
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