AUGUSTA – After November’s ballot question on banning the use of bait, dogs, and traps to hunt the state’s bears – lawmakers are considering ways to block similar efforts in the future. Some lawmakers hope to change the constitution to make it illegal for the public to alter laws about wildlife management.
That would include both hunting and fishing. These lawmakers believe only scientists should determine such management laws. Others are against the idea – saying it takes way the public’s rights.
The group that originally backed the bear referendum say it is considering a similar proposal for next year.