Tag Archives: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Bobcat or lynx? Can you tell the difference?

What do you think? Bobcat or lynx? (Andy Koziol photo)

Every so often, a reader will send me a photo of a wild critter, throw themselves at the mercy of the court, and ask the age-old question: What is this?   Sometimes, I’m stumped. Much of the time, I have a pretty good idea. But all of the time, I ask for a second opinion. […]

80 percent of hunters successful during 2015 Maine moose hunt

Spectators watch as moose are brought to the Ashland tagging station on the first day of the 2015 Maine moose hunting season. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

Citing good hunting weather and other factors, Maine’s moose biologist said that despite a decrease in moose permits issued by the state this year, more hunters actually filled their tags. Percentage-wise, the success rate soared to 80 percent during the 2015 season. A year ago, just 65 percent of hunters were successful. Overall, according to […]

Wet weather may be a game changer for early bird hunters

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

For much of August and September, warm, dry weather dominated, and heading into upland bird hunting season, biologist Brad Allen was ready to pass along some age-old advice for those who’d be targeting woodcock.   But the day before this year’s season began, much of the state absorbed torrential rain — and Allen’s tune changed. […]

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

Maine Game Wardens featured in the Animal Planet TV show "North Woods Law" pose for a photo in front of the Maine Warden Service mobile command vehicle on April 5, 2012. Pictured are Jonathan Parker (left), Kim Bates, Sgt. Tim Spahr, Kristopher MacCabe and Josh Bubier. (BDN Photo by John Holyoke)

Attention “North Woods Law” fans: If you’ve been looking for a chance to visit with your favorite local TV star, you’ll get that chance on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Game wardens who appear in the Animal Planet TV show will be on hand at the park from 9:30 a.m. […]

Moose mania: Opening day set for Monday

A cow and a calf moose walk along a road in northern Maine. Brian Feulner | BDN

Beginning this weekend, moose hunters will start rolling into the Maine woods to get ready for the first (of four) “opening days” of the multi-session hunt. According to the state’s moose biologist, the calendar will give first-season hunters an advantage they don’t always receive. “[The seasons] wind up a little bit later this year, because […]

Rulebook is wrong: Expanded bowhunting doesn’t start until Sept. 12

Bowhunters who plan to take part in the expanded season for deer should be forewarned: The information that they may have seen printed in the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s rulebook is wrong. “In the current hunting regulations summary, there’s a misprint that basically states that the expanded archery season begins on Sept. […]

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 […]