Last year Maine game wardens responded to 3,449 calls for service regarding landowner relations. Those calls resulted in 1,378 summonses and 681 warnings. Interestingly ATV violations resulted in by far the most summonses and warnings. In fact ATV violations got nearly half of the summonses and more than half of the warnings issued for the entire year. Hunting violations resulted in the highest number calls for service.
Here’s a breakout of the calls:
littering/illegal dumping 128
landowner property damage 27
hunting violations 993
ATV violations 686
snowmobile violations 649
public lectures/talks 449
general information on landowner relations 298.
Here are the number of summonses and warnings issued:
abuse of property 13 summons 8 warnings
ATV 601 summons 392 warnings
causing a projectile to enter illegally 28 summons 11 warnings
littering or illegal dumping 53 summons 10 warnings
shooting a weapon over a paved way 26 summons 11 warnings
shooting from the motor vehicle 55 summons 1 warning
shooting too close to a dwelling 26 summons 9 warnings
snowmobile noise level 220 summons 152 warnings
snowmobile other 311 summons 152 warnings
trespass (criminal) 45 summons 38 warnings
Total 1,378 summons 681 warnings
The Warden Service budget in FY2018 was $20,069,296, and they actually spent $18,649,053. The budget was 33.3% of the department’s entire budget and their spending ended up being 39.9% of the departments expenditures that year.
Here’s where the money came from: $16,280,208 from the general fund, $1,120,503 from federal funds, $1,248,342 from other special revenue funds.