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Maine official defends bear-baiting web design
October 25, 2014 15:49 GMT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A senior Maine wildlife official says her department paid a company $6,600 for web design and a PowerPoint presentation defending bear-baiting not to sway voters in an upcoming referendum, but as a matter of public education.

Judy Camuso, director of the wildlife division of the state's Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, was responding to a complaint by the anti-bear-baiting group Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting that public money was being spent to campaign against the referendum.

Camuso's department has actively voiced its opposition to the ballot measure, and Camuso tells the Portland Press Herald she believes Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting has been putting out misinformation.

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