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Aislinn Sarnacki

About Aislinn Sarnacki

Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at

Anti-bear baiting group files appeal to Maine Law Court, continues battle against DIFW

Political group Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting has filed an appeal to the Maine Law Court after the group’s lawsuit against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife was dismissed by a Maine Superior Court justice last month. The lawsuit, filed last year, attempted to stop the MDIF&W from spending taxpayer dollars to oppose the referendum that sought […]

The latest on Question 1: Two polls, plus a Maine Supreme Court ruling

Here’s the latest news on Question 1, the bear-baiting vote: Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting release own poll, says Maine is split — and maybe confused — by Question 1. The poll commissioned by Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting was conducted by Lake Research Partners, a public opinion and political strategy research firm based in Washington, D.C. Yes […]

Biologists discuss increasing bear populations at northeast conference

The growing black bear population in the northeast was a main topic of discussion at the Northeast Black Bear Technical Committee meeting on Aug. 27 and 28 in Front Royal, Virginia, according to a press release recently issued by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. For this annual two-day conference, Maine state bear biologists […]

Famous talk show host Bill Maher endorses referendum to ban bear baiting

While visiting Portland to perform his stand-up act at Merrill Auditorium this weekend, famous comedian and television host Bill Maher issued a statement in support of the referendum to ban the use of bait, dogs and traps to hunt black bear in Maine, according to a press release issued today by Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the […]

Maine game warden Kris MacCabe stars in video opposing Question 1

Maine game warden Kris MacCabe, star in the Animal Planet TV show “North Woods Law,” discusses why the Maine Warden Service is opposed to Question 1, a referendum to ban bear baiting, in a video posted Tuesday morning by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Question 1 on Maine’s Nov. 4 ballot will […]

Bear referendum supporters to gather in Portland this weekend, the start of baiting season

This weekend marks the start of bear baiting season in Maine, when hunters and guides enter the woods to fill bait sites with food meant to attract bears for the fall hunt, which begins next month. In response, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the group leading a campaign to ban bear baiting, hounding and trapping, will gather at 2 p.m. […]