DIFW wants more bears killed

Concerned about Maine’s high population of bears, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is considering a variety of ways to reduce the population.

Most likely will be allowing hunters to kill two bears, a one-week extension of the bear hunting season, and lower fees (especially for nonresidents).

They’re also analyzing bear baits, partly to make sure they are safe for bears to consume.

All of these changes would be implemented next year, when the department also hopes to attract more bear hunters.


George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.