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August 22, 2013

Bear Baiting Laws and Legislation

The Humane Society of the United States

Bear baiting violates the basic principle of fair chase and gives the shooter an unfair advantage. A bear is lured to an area and shot at point blank range while her head is buried in piles of rotting meat, pastries, or donuts.

Viewing the practice as unfair and unsportsmanlike, voters in several states have outlawed bear baiting at the ballot box, and bear baiting is currently illegal in 38 states. It is still permitted in 12 states: Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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