The possibility of tweaking the hunting rules has sounded alarms in the hunting and animal welfare communities in state that boasts one of the largest black bear population in the country.
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)OGUNQUIT, Maine — Maine officials say the effort to protect a rare bird species has met success with a record number of piping plover hatchlings. Maine Audubon says beaches across the state saw 128 piping plover fledglings, a record number since monitoring began in 1981. The Portland Press Herald reports Ogunquit Beach ended up seeing the…
The grouse that are harvested every year tend to be quickly replaced in reproduction.
Hunters harvested 27,233 deer last year, an increase of 15 percent from 2016.
Biologists are recommending nearly 85,000 “any deer” permits this year. The recommendation would be an increase of 28 percent from 2017.
Some defenders of another beloved Maine bird, the common loon, have expressed concern that more eagles could be bad for loons, but that is unlikely, wildlife biologist says.
They are the subject of tighter fishing regulations than a few years ago — and fishermen say that seems to be helping the little fish rebound in some areas.
Biologists are optimistic that the state will issue a similar number of moose hunting permits in 2018 as in 2017.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is auctioning off 10 of its coveted moose permits for next fall’s hunting season. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries And Wildlife says it will give the permits to applicants who submit the highest bids. The moose hunt happens in the fall every year and is limited to hunters who win a special lottery. The auction…
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials said it is planning to offer more than 65,000 permits this year, an increase from last year’s total of more than 45,000, which itself was a 60 percent climb from the previous year.
The northern New England states all have bear hunts in the fall. The bear population is also growing elsewhere in New England, where debate is underway about how to control it.
The $133,000 will help send more than 600 Maine children to conservation camps in the state, serving children ages 8 through 17 and providing outdoor and classroom experiences.