I take exception to the Sun Journal article (Nov. 1) extolling the virtues of hunting and its economic impact on the state. It is a one-sided piece of pro-hunting propaganda.

The story made no mention of the value of live wildlife and wildlife watching, on which some $800 million is spent annually in Maine (source: 2011 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation put out by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). That is far more than the amount spent by hunters.

The Sun Journal article also made no mention of the fact that the hunting minority (approximately 10 percent of Mainers hunt and, nationwide, the number of hunters is declining) control the fish and wildlife committee in the Legislature and the IF&W commissioner’s Advisory Council.

I don’t know what the motivation for the article was but, in the interest of fairness, the Sun Journal should print an article on the importance of ecotourism and wildlife watching in Maine.

John Glowa, South China


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