Category Archives: Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News

DIFW Issues New Rules and Requests to Stop Chronic Wasting Disease

Having learned that chronic wasting disease was found in Quebec just 100 miles from our border, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has acted quickly, issuing both new rules and requests. Here is the press release issued on October 10 by DIFW. AUGUSTA, Maine — With Chronic Wasting Disease discovered in bordering Quebec, the […]

Plan to expand protection of native brook trout taking shape

A proposal and plan to expand protection for Maine’s native brook trout is taking shape at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and I must report that I am very pleased that Francis Brautigam, DIFW’s Fisheries Division Director, has taken the lead on this. Francis has been working with a small group of individuals, […]

Fisheries plan is comprehensive with many good ideas

During my years as director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, I was blessed with an outstanding Fisheries Initiative Committee (FIC). In 2008, FIC created a comprehensive fishing initiative which was approved by SAM’s Board on June 3, 2008. I’m hoping that SAM will get back involved in fisheries issues and I’m suggesting that they […]

Maine wildlife threatened by chronic wasting disease

This is very bad news. Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been found just 100 miles from Maine, in Quebec. Our Fish and Wildlife Department is taking this very seriously, and working with New Hampshire and Vermont to figure out the best ways to protect our moose and deer. New Hampshire and Vermont have already taken […]

Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund grants go to lots of great projects

Many years ago, when Angus King was governor, I decided to try to get some public money for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. I worked for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine at that time and recruited Maine Audubon to be our partner. Chris Potholm did a poll for us, showing that the public’s […]

New rules for bear trapping and moose and goose hunting

  The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council adopted a last-minute rule significantly changing the way traps can be set for bears. DIFW noted that the purpose of this rule is to limit bear trapping methods that may accidentally capture the federally threatened Canada Lynx. More specifically, the rule prohibits placing bait and/or lures below […]