Tag Archives: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

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 […]

Moose are out and about

After a couple weeks of steady sunshine and the consequent spring green-up, it’s no surprise that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has issued its annual warning, advising motorists to keep an eye out for moose in the state’s roadways. Yes, folks, it’s that time again: Moose are out and about. And if […]

Proposed fishing regulations up for debate at hearings

Most of the state’s anglers won’t pay much attention to this column. It’s easier that way, after all. It’s easier to sit by and let fishing laws be changed by others. It’s easier to ignore the fact that there are some pretty substantial changes being proposed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, […]

Youth Deer Day set for Saturday

Back in 2001, state wildlife officials mulled a proposal — one that was established by the state legislature — to give youth hunters a day of their own. Among the ideas that were pondered at the time: Holding a “Youth Deer Day” on the last Saturday of September … or on the traditional residents-only opening […]