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Maine Bear Hunting Ban Initiative, Question 2 (2004)

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Maine Question 2, also known as An Act Prohibiting Certain Bear Hunting Practices was on the November 2, 2004 election ballot in Maine as a initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

Election results

Question 2
Defeatedd No389,45553%
Yes 344,322 47%

Question text

The question asked of voters was:

"Do you want to make it a crime to hunt bears with bait, traps or dogs, except to protect property, public safety or for research?"


"Bear Hunting," a 1736 painting by Louis-Michel van Loo. The artwork depicts hunting bears with dogs, a practice that would have been made illegal in Maine if this initiative had passed

The initiative was supported by a group called Maine Citizens for Fair Bear Hunting. It spent $1,286,375 on its campaign.[1]

Donors to the group included:


The primary opposition to the initiative came from the Maine Fish and Wildlife Conservation Council. They spent $1,743,625.[3]

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