BANGOR - Locals gathered Sunday in Bangor signing up as volunteers to help protect the Maine bear population.
'Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting' is a broadbased coalition that aims to change some of the hunting techniques used in the state.
Maine is the only state in the country that uses baiting, hounding, and trapping combined as forms of bear hunting.
"Baiting is not only unsporting, but it's also a really reckless practice. By louring a bear into a pile of high calorie junk food, you are habituating them to human food, human smells, human noises. Those factors are going to increase the amount of human-bear conflicts," Katie Hansberry, Maine state director of the Humane Society of the United States, explains.
80,000 signatures are needed for this issue to be put on the 2014 ballot.
If you are interested visit Fair Bear Hunt.
Karina joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX Bangor News team in March of 2013. Raised as part of a military family, she likes to consider Massachusetts as her "home-base". Karina graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where she majored in Communications. From January 2012 to July 2012, Karina was a student reporter for New England Cable News (NECN) and would take part in a live shot every Tuesday for The Morning Show, covering topics from current events to the "Trophy Town" teams.
Karina also has a huge passion for sports. While in college she interned for New England Sports Network (NESN) as a “NESN Daily” intern, as well as the TD Garden, working in the control room for the Bruins and Celtics games. Also as a former college softball player, she loves staying active and looks forward to trying some of the sports the Bangor area has to offer!
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