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27 January 2002
Wildlife Snaring Expansion Proposed

From Cheryl Ross - CRoss@hsus.org 

The practice of snaring is one of the cruelest ways to kill wildlife. In the best-case scenario, a steel-cable loop closes around the animal's neck, strangling him within several minutes. However, a recent survey of Maine's most "expert" trappers painted a much grimmer picture: necropsies showed that 63 percent of coyotes snared suffered hemorrhaging (evidenced by their swollen heads), bloodied eyes and mouths, and broken teeth from trying to chew out of the snare. Many animals had broken limbs from struggling to break free. Still others were not dead when the trapper returned and were clubbed to death. In Maine, state wildlife officials are trying to expand this cruel practice in order to appease deer hunters, who are vexed over declining deer numbers. Most biologists, however, recognize that the true source of dwindling deer numbers is the loss of habitat. Moreover, blanket killing as a means of controlling coyote populations has never been successful; coyotes simply compensate by reproducing more quickly whenever their population is threatened, and numbers quickly return to pre-extermination levels.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Maine's Department Of Inland Fisheries And Wildlife (IFW) is poised to expand its snaring program without public input. Both residents and non-residents of Maine need to assert public pressure on Maine officials to stop the expansion of their inhumane killing program.

PLEASE Contact the following individuals and ask them to STOP this cruel, wasteful, and ineffective killing plan. (Tell them their tourism may depend on it.):

1. Governor Angus King, # 1 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0001/ ph: (207) 287-3531/ governor@state.me.us 
2. Commissioner Lee Perry, ME Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State St., 41 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0041/ lee.perry@state.me.us 

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