Category Archives: Trapping

Legislature debates turkeys and bears

At a work session this morning, the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee acted on 3 bills carried over from last year’s legislative session. Deputy game wardens The first bill, LD650, was designed to strengthen Maine’s landowner relations bill, by adding 5 new deputy game wardens to DIFW’s staff. But DIFW did not support the bill, […]

DIFW Wants Your Thoughts on New Furbearers Plan

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife wants to hear from you about their new management plan for furbearers including fox, raccoon, beaver, and lots more, including skunks. Here’s what this is all about: The meetings and online forum are part of a larger study designed to assess priorities for furbearer management, including the issues […]

Bear Food Study Canceled

Maine’s bear population has increased significantly in the last few years and is now estimated to be 35,000. The Fish and Wildlife Department considered several strategies to increase the annual harvest, and discussed them with the legislatures Fish and Wildlife Committee, but any decision was postponed until next year. The research has become important because […]

Legislature punts on bear bag limits and seasons

A bill giving DIF&W authority to establish bear seasons and bag limits drew a lengthy debate at the legislature’s IFW Committee. The bill got lots of discussion and debate. Rep John Martin expressed concern that, if the committee gave the department this authority, including the possibility that bear trapping would be expanded, it would provoke […]