New Survey Finds Maryland Voters Oppose Bear Hunting, Want Governor O’Malley To Cancel Bear Hunt
Taken at the beginning of bear hunting season in 2007, this survey found that the majority of Maryland voters (61%) are opposed to the hunting of bears and that nearly three times as many voters would prefer state officials to handle bear issues with non-lethal methods. Nearly two-thirds (64%) would like the Governor to cancel the bear hunt.
The majority of Maryland voters (61%) are opposed to bear hunting, with 37% in support, and 2% undecided. Those opposed to bear hunting include 71% of Democrats, 47% of Republicans, 52% of Independents, 49% of males, and 73% of females.
With respect to state officials addressing bear conflicts, 72% agree that they prefer non-lethal methods, 25% disagree, and 3% are undecided. These alternative methods include public education, trash management, rubber pellets, and loud noises.
The majority (64%) of respondents agreed that they would like Maryland’s Governor O’Malley to cancel the bear hunt, while 32% disagree and 4% are undecided.