I don't think so.
“Hunting and trapping are the primary tools for controlling the size of wildlife populations, and this proposed referendum would seriously compromise our ability to control the bear population by eliminating our most effective tools”
Don’t believe these lies. They want you to believe that bear hunting is needed in order to control the population. Remember, the Maine IF&W is primarily funded by hunters. Unfortunately, their entire existence is dependant upon having “problem” animals to kill. Most people would be appalled to learn that they actually have programs in place to boost populations for recreational hunters to kill as a “sport”.
Hounding uses dogs to chase and tree the bears so the hunter has an easy target. So much for the hunter’s claim of adhering to a “fair chase” code.
Baiting involves the bears being lured with food, etc, while the hunter cowardly hides waiting for a point-blank shot.
Trapping is indiscriminate, inhumane, and indefensible. It’s amazing that this is actually even up for discussion to be justified under the guise of “wildlife management” and “sport”. Animals caught in these devices suffer excruciating pain and a long painful death. This method also causes a lot of “collateral damage” including family pets, causing untold suffering and death. It amazes me that cock and dogfights are illegal yet we as a state will permit this state agency to sanction an equally cruel activity.
If the IF&W really wanted to control the bear population in a humane manner they would concentrate their efforts on contraception and sterilization methods. The one readily available and proven highly effective is a vaccine-based fertility control “immunization”. It’s easily delivered from a helicopter via a rifle-dart.
Let’s face it, the only two choices for actively managing wildlife population are reducing the birth rate and increasing the death rate. I don’t think increasing the death rate is the right thing to do. This referendum should be supported.
"Basement frescoes were added in 1877, stained glass windows in 1917 and 12 bronze bells in 1926. It was placed on the National Historic Register in 1989."
The church should have left it in its original condition. Removing the frescoes and stained glass windows significantly undermines its beauty and heritage. Besides, how do you remove a fresco?