Category Archives: Landowner Issues

Maine Farmland Trust launches project to protect wildlife habitat

In the early 1900s, from our Mount Vernon home, you could see farmland for miles around us. Today it’s all woods. That’s one reason I’m excited that Maine Farmland Trust has launched a project to protect farmland, marshes, and other wildlife habitat. “Farmland and marsh habitat are rapidly disappearing,” reports MFT in its spring/summer newsletter. […]

Our right to enjoy Maine’s beaches must be restored

In 1989, Maine’s Supreme Court took away our right to enjoy our ocean intertidal zones. Looking all the way back to when Maine was part of Massachusetts, the Justices ruled that our opportunities to enjoy the intertidal zones are limited to fishing, fouling, and navigation. Thankfully, Orlando Delogu has written a new book, Maine’s Beaches […]

Maine’s got too may bears

Maine’s bear population is too high and DIFW is looking for ways to reduce that population. This is one key goal in the agency’s new big game management plan. In previous posts, I’ve written about the overall plan and the specific plans for turkeys and deer. Today we’ll tackle black bears. Maine started paying bounties […]

Lots of deer issues from ticks to antler restrictions

DIFW’s new big game management plan tackles lots of deer issues. In southern Maine, there’s a focus on habitat damage, high densities, and tick-borne diseases. This is my 6th column on the new big game management plans. Concerning high populations of deer, DIFW reports, “We’ll need to think outside the box to identify new, effective, […]

Maine’s deer herd increased with the extirpation of wolves and cougars

The new deer management plan includes an interesting history of deer in Maine. “In the 19th century, extirpation of wolves and cougars from Maine allowed deer to further expand and increase in number essentially unencumbered by predation. Still, despite their increased presence, deer population status continued to fluctuate with winter severity and large-scale events (spruce […]

Much higher turkey harvests and more public support called for in new plan

Here’s one of the most significant statements in the new Turkey management plan: “Population management should include steps to substantially increase turkey harvest in WMDs that are experiencing significant public complaints, with the goal of reducing population size to socially acceptable levels.” Yup, we need to kill more turkeys. The plan notes that after several […]

New turkey management plan calls for killing more turkeys

With a turkey population estimated between 50,000 and 60,000, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is searching for ways to kill more turkeys. This is the third in my series of columns on Maine’s new big game management plans. Today we’ll talk turkeys. The plan notes that “Beginning around 2010 and on a nearly […]