Maine needs stronger rules to control exotic animals and protect native wildlife

Ball python

If you read the comments that followed my two outdoor news columns last week about exotic animals, you may have noticed that some of these people have a great disdain for those of us who champion Maine’s native wildlife. Some wrote that I should not be against possession of python snakes, because they are friendly […]

Time to put our differences aside and make the best of the new national monument

East Branch Penobscot River

On May 16, I testified in favor of the designation of a national monument on land owned by Elliotsville Plantation, at a public hearing hosted by U.S. Senator Angus King and the Director of the National Park Service. Now that the President has designated that area as a national monument, I think my remarks are […]

Big challenges ahead as new big game management plans are created

Bob Duchesne photo

New management plans for all of Maine’s big game animals should be ready for review and comment by sportsmen and the general public sometime in December. Draft plans prepared by wildlife biologists and representatives of various groups are nearing completion. Those plans will go to a larger Big Game Steering Committee, which will work with […]