Legislature considers making canoeists wear life jackets

It was a sad and sorrowful tragedy that provoked a Passamaquoddy Mom to seek legislation making it mandatory for canoeists to wear their life jackets. Sponsored on that Mom’s behalf by Senator Joyce Maker of Washington County, the public hearing on LD 342 drew several people from the Passamaquoddy Tribe who spoke in favor of […]

Deer baiting gets lively debate at legislature

                A lively hearing on LD 62, An Act to Remove the Prohibition on Baiting Deer, drew lots of testimony on both sides of the issue. Senator Peter Lyford, a member of the legislature’s IFW Committee, sponsored the bill, and another committee member, Steve Wood, cosponsored it along with five other legislators. Among several opponents […]

Fish hatchery study wins support at legislature

“We could help DIF&W reduce their hatchery costs. I believe their technology is outdated.” Those were the words of Sebastian Belle, testifying in favor of LD 471, my bill that would create a Hatchery Commission to study DIF&W’s fish production facilities and issue recommendations next year. Representative Jared Golden sponsored my bill and delivered excellent […]

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, […]