Does the HSUS want Mainers to kill more bears?

Wildlife biologist Randy Cross, leader of the field crew for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's 40-year bear study, poses with "Big John," a 432-pound black bear that was snared, weighed and released in Washington County on June 17, 2014. Cross first caught "Big John" four years earlier, in the exact same place. (John Wood photo/Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)

As we get closer to Election Day, the battle over Question 1, which would ban the use of traps, hounds and bait while hunting bears in Maine, is heating up, and tension is starting to build. At least one state wildlife official is being protected, around-the-clock, by a Maine game warden after receiving threats. Debates […]

Non-resident hunter says he hopes Maine’s bear season continues

Last week, I wrote a column that outlined my thoughts on the upcoming referendum that would ban the use of traps, bait and hounds while hunting bears. The main point: If voters choose to ban the methods we currently allow, they’re essentially paving the way for a state that harvests very few bears each year. […]

‘North Woods Law’ wants you … to share your moose hunt

We’ve all got friends and relatives who would rather not end up on the wrong end of a “North Woods Law” camera. And we’ve all got friends who would love to appear in an episode of the popular Animal Planet TV show that focuses on the Maine Warden Service. Want proof that “North Woods Law” […]

Reader checks in with more photos: Bobcat or young mountain lion?

What do you think? Bobcat or young cougar? (Photo by Edwin Ecker Jr.)

Last week Edwin Ecker Jr. of North Waldoboro helped us heat up the Internet by sharing some trail camera photos of what he thought might be a mountain lion. Thousands of you took the time to look at the photos, and dozens shared opinions on what you saw. Unfortunately, the photos weren’t the clearest in the […]

Another sighting: Mountain lion in Scarborough? Or just a bobcat?

Earlier this week, I shared a series of trail camera photos that may have shown a mountain lion in North Waldoboro. Those photos may also have shown something else … like a bobcat. As we suspected, BDN readers would pay close attention to the photos, even though they were difficult to decipher. Thousands of you […]

Mountain lion in Maine? You be the judge

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Mainers love a good mountain lion mystery. Fact is, many folks will tell you there’s no mystery at all: They believe — “know” is the word they’ll use — that mountain lions walk among us. Experts have softened their stance on the existence of the big cats over the years, and after a cougar walked […]

Wildlife biologist expects average bird-hunting season in Maine

Officially, Brad Allen is a wildlife biologist. Come this time of year, though, he admits that he sometimes sounds like a meteorologist. “I hate to be a weatherman to predict game bird biologists, but [the weather] is so important,” said Allen, the bird group leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Today’s […]

‘North Woods Law’ wardens to appear at Maine Wildlife Park Saturday

If you’ve been hoping to have a chance to say “Hi” to the game wardens you’ve been watching on TV for the past couple of years, you’ll get that chance on Saturday. All you’ve got to do is head to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, where the stars of the Animal Planet show “North […]

Northern Maine biologist says bird business is booming in Aroostook

Rich Hoppe stopped by Gateway Variety in Ashland on Monday morning to check out the action at the state’s busiest moose-tagging station. He wasn’t disappointed, as plenty of hunters filled their tags despite the warm weather. During a break in the action, the longtime regional wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and […]

Got moose? Consider donating some meat to Hunters for the Hungry program

Over the coming weeks, more than 3,000 hunters will head into the woods in search of a Maine moose … and most of them will succeed. On Tuesday, Gov. Paul R. LePage made a great suggestion to those hunters: Why not share some of that meat? In a Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry […]