AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Maine voters will likely cast their ballots on a controversial bear hunting practice this election season.
Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap reported Wednesday that 63,626 certified signatures gathered by referendum supporters are considered valid.
The group, called "Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting" has been leading the effort to end the practice of baiting and trapping bears. They say it's inhumane.
Maine wildlife officials support bear baiting. They argue it is a good way of controlling the state's bear population.
Lawmakers will either approve the new legislation or send it to voters in November's statewide election.