Tag Archives: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Bear crew recaptures 442-pound male|

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Randy Cross poses with a 442-pound male black bear -- likely "Dozer," a bear researchers have previously captured -- in the state's Bradford study area recently. (Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife photo)

At this time of year each spring, wildlife biologist Randy Cross and a team of his colleagues spend a few weeks in the woods, looking to enlist new black bears in the state’s ongoing bear research project. Sometimes Cross receives a welcome surprise, when bears he “met” before return and temporarily are captured with a […]

Yes, the critters are cute. But leave them alone

Maine game warden Kristopher MacCabe feeds Pedialyte to a baby deer at his western Maine home on June 4, 2012. The deer had been presumed abandoned by a local resident and delivered to the MacCabes. It later died. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife urges people to leave wildlife alone; many times, baby animals are left on their own by their mother for hours at a time, but return after foraging. Photo courtesy of Emily MacCabe.

It’s hard to resist a cute baby animal. And when hikers or homeowners see those fuzzy little critters — apparently alone, and obviously in need of human help — they often do the worst thing possible. They intervene. Maine game warden Kris MacCabe has some first-hand knowledge on the matter. Back in 2012, I shared […]

DIF&W backs off on cow moose proposal in WMD 9; 2,740 permits up for grabs this year

From left, Scott and Alex Humphrey, 13, stand next to a moose that Alex Humphrey shot Monday morning on the first day of the 2014 moose hunt. Brian Feulner| BDN

In response to local concern in the Greenville area over a proposal to add cow moose permits in Wildlife Management District 9, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reversed course on Wednesday and finalized a plan that will not allow for hunting cow moose in that district this year. In addition, a proposed […]

Bobcat enters home through pet door, sticks around for snacks

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Early last week, after a successful evening of bobcat-rustling, Maine game warden Jim Fahey admitted that the tale of the critter he live-trapped wasn’t even the best bobcat story he’d heard in recent weeks. Fahey’s cat had a taste for chicken, you may recall, and ended up killing one of WLBZ TV meteorologist Steve McKay’s […]

Winter took a toll on grouse in study, but biologists unfazed

Brittany King holds a ruffed grouse before it's measured, tagged and fitted with a radio collar on Wednesday at the midcoast Maine survey site in September 2014. Brian Feulner| BD

Late last summer, biologists teamed up with a University of Maine professor to begin a project that will provide a clearer picture of the state’s ruffed grouse population. Using radio tags, the researchers are monitoring those birds and compiling data on their survival rates and breeding success. A glimpse at the data collected so far […]

65 percent — an all-time low — of Maine moose hunters filled tags in 2014

From left, Scott and Alex Humphrey, 13, stand next to a moose that Alex Humphrey shot Monday morning on the first day of the 2014 moose hunt. Brian Feulner| BDN

Learn About Tableau The state’s moose hunters struggled to fill their tags in 2014, recording the lowest success rate — 65.3 percent — since Maine’s modern moose hunt began in 1980. The state’s moose biologist said a number of factors played roles in a relative lack of hunter success. Still, moose hunters have far better […]

Furor over eagle cam seems to have subsided

    Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Earlier this week, web camera viewers from across the country demanded that Maine biologists intervene on behalf of an eaglet that they said was in distress. The Biodiversity Research Institute, which manages the camera, and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said they would not […]

Anglers sought for brook trout survey project

Do you like to fish in spots where you’re not likely to see any other anglers? Do you like to hike into to remote ponds, just to find out if you can coax a brook trout to your fly? Do you want to help provide crucial information to biologists and conservation groups as you enjoy […]

Maine biologist: State’s moose herd is thriving, national population concerns complex

The opening paragraph of a Washington Post story that appeared on the BDN website on Tuesday was quite dramatic, especially here in Maine, a state where moose are an iconic critter that help fuel the tourism and hunting industries alike. “Moose in the northern United States are dying in what scientists say may be the start […]

Peregrine falcon set free along Kennebec

It didn’t take long for a peregrine falcon to rediscover his wings on Monday, as a young male bird was released into the wild after a two-month rehabilitation stint. According to a Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife press release, the falcon was released at a site along the Kennebec River, where it immediately took […]