Category Archives: Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News

Legislature debates if you need to notify neighbors when your python gets loose

“Cats are destructive little bastards.” That was a comment from Jason Perillo who was testifying against my proposal to require permits for all exotic animals and require the Warden Service and neighbors to be notified if that exotic animal gets loose. Perillo has a business in Winthrop that includes 1400 exotic animals, none of which […]

Reducing deer to less than 10/square mile limits Lyme disease

The April issue of the newsletter of the Maine Woodland Owners includes an important article on deer, ticks, and Lyme disease, written by Peter Rand, MD, and Charles Lubelczyk, Vector Ecologist. The writers are associated with the Vector-borne Disease Laboratory of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute in Scarborough. Among the interesting information presented was […]

Lots of problems found in DIFW Fisheries Division

An assessment of DIF&W’s Fisheries Division found lots of problems in 2002, some of which persist today. Now, those problems are sure to resurface when the legislature considers LD 728, a bill to reorganize that division. Here’s just one of many findings from the 2002 report. “Major gaps are evident in the public involvement philosophy, […]

Legislature lets fall fishing get away

Fall fishing opportunities, available throughout southern Maine, will continue to be unavailable in the northern half of the state. My bill to extend fall fishing opportunities by one month was hooked and released yesterday by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. This bill would have expanded the opportunities to fish in the fall by […]

$5 million will fix problems at two state fish hatcheries

The legislature’s supplemental budget, approved by the Appropriations Committee last week, includes $4.8 million to fix problems in two state fish hatcheries. Given all the needs in this state, the Fish and Wildlife Department has to be congratulated for getting this money. For example, while there’s been a lot of discussion about what we need […]

Maine’s hunting and other laws are complex, often amusing, and sometimes confusing

It takes 462 pages to give us all of Maine’s laws governing hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor fun. I just finished reading through the law book and found some very interesting things that I will share with you. But first, it’s what I didn’t find that puzzled me. Last year I wrote a series […]

Reduction in warden positions alarms legislators

“We need to reduce the department’s size.” That was DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock’s response to a question asking why he was proposing cuts to the Maine Warden Service’s budget, including a decrease in positions and mileage. Chandler presented his proposed budget recently to members of the legislature’s IFW Committee, and the Warden Service cuts were […]