Maryland Governor Backs Bear Hunt

Anyone who's been following this blog—or any other outdoor news outlet—knows all the gory details surrounding the demise of New Jersey's black bear season. More recently, anti-hunting interests had set their sights on Maryland's bruin hunt. But to no avail. Despite heavy pressure from The Humane Society of the United States—including a full-page ad in The Baltimore Sun—Gov. Martin O'Malley, a democrat, has told the antis, in the words of Cumberland Times-News columnist Michael A. Sawyers, to pound sand.

“So, thank you Governor O’Malley,” writes Sawyers, “for being a stand-up guy, for not dealing with the bear hunt in a political way, but in a scientific way.”