- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is denying a request from a group that wants to ban bear hunting methods to expedite the appeal l in its case against the state’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting is appealing a Portland judge’s ruling that the wildlife department can use its resources to campaign against a referendum to ban baiting and other bear-hunting tactics. Maine’s chief justice Thursday denied the request to fast-track the appeal.

The group sought the speedy appeal in hopes of blocking the wildlife department from doing more campaigning before the Nov. 4 vote.

A spokeswoman for Mainers For Fair Bear Hunting says the group will press its appeal despite the denial.

The group - Save Maine’s Bear Hunt - welcomed the ruling.

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