Unthinkable, unimaginable, unreal — that is what I think about Question 1.

The bear hunting issue is a complex issue that involves tradition, safety, hunting and species management. It is not an issue of Maine people saving bears.

Question 1 is the result of people who don’t live in Maine, hiring people from California to come and collect signatures — signatures used to put their agenda on the Maine ballot.

Mainers love nature. Hunters love nature. The ones who love it the most are those who spend their lives and careers studying it and caring for it. They are the state biologists. Those people know everything there is to know about Maine bears.

When they recommend a “no” vote on Question 1, people should listen.

Zach Gillis, Auburn

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