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.”