Wake up, Maine! There are no fewer than 70 bills that have been submitted in the Legislature that would affect Maine’s fish and wildlife.

Only two of these bills (both dealing with bears) were submitted on behalf of our fish and wildlife resources. The rest were submitted on behalf of consumptive-use special interest groups, primarily to promote the killing of our wildlife.

It’s deja vu all over again. Every legislative session we have a stacked deck in the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, and the very few pro-wildlife bills that are submitted are usually doomed even before they are heard by the committee.

Once again, consumptive users are attempting to prevent Maine voters from successfully petitioning for wildlife-related referendums. Consumptive users know that they have control over the State House, the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife and the Legislature.

The only avenue that the general public has to promote pro-wildlife changes to the fish and wildlife laws is through a referendum. Wake up, Mainers! Get involved. Take back YOUR fish and wildlife.

John Glowa

South China