An analysis shows that two groups fighting over a contentious ballot measure in Maine that would could ban the use of dogs, bait and traps for bear hunting have spent $1.6 million so far to run television advertisements.
The numbers released Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity show that the pro-ban group Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting has spent $860,500. The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council, which is opposing the ballot question, has shelled out about $712,700.
The numbers details spending for ads on national cable and broadcast television in each of the country's 210 media markets through Oct. 20
Supporters of the ban argue that practices are cruel and haven't helped control Maine's bear population. Opponents say the ban will cause the bear population to explode, putting the population at risk.