The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department Report

The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department Report

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The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department provided an interesting report on their work to the governor earlier this month. While some of the events have already happened, I think you will find their report interesting. Here it is.

 

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW)

 

Commissioner’s Office

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Enjoy Coffee and Conversation with Commissioner Judy Camuso this Friday, December 11 at 9:30 a.m. This YouTube-based live conversation is the latest episode featuring MDIFW staff members talking about their jobs and answering questions live on YouTube. The Commissioner will be chatting about her vision for the department, highlights of the past year, and how the department has adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can join live, or watch later by clicking here.  

 

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Maine Warden Service Chaplain Kate Braestrup gave an uplifting and valuable presentation on how to stay healthy and active both physically and mentally during these stressful times during the Department’s all-staff bi-weekly TEAMS meeting. Over 150 staff members were part of the meeting.

 

Information and Education

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The Department is launching a web-based guide to ice fishing in Maine supported by the season’s premier ice fishing report on Wednesday, December 16. The ice fishing report is compiled by our regional biologists and will be supported with a how to ice fish video, a how to clean fish video and other supporting material featuring staff members. It’s one segment of a campaign designed to get people outdoors this winter.

 

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Throughout the pandemic, Governor Mills and Commissioner Camuso have stressed the importance of getting outside and being active for your physical and mental health. The Department is developing and deploying outreach materials to encourage the public to stay active outdoors this winter including direct email pieces, how-to videos, Instagram stories and live YouTube panels.

 

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MDIFW is sending out promotions to encourage the public to participate in the Winter Bird Atlas, including an invite to join in the Live Winter Bird Atlas Kickoff Event Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30. There will be presentations,  Q&A and prizes and you can join the fun at https://maine.zoom.us/j/82025547252.

 

Wildlife

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Maine’s Beginning with Habitat (BWH) Program, which is housed at MDIFW but functions as a partnership with numerous conservation organizations across the state, is celebrating its 20th year.  This program helps municipalities, land trusts, and landowners incorporate habitat conservation into their long-term plans by consolidating wildlife and habitat information from public agencies and private conservation organizations. This information is also vital for communities preparing for a changing climate.   https://www.maine.gov/ifw/fish-wildlife/wildlife/beginning-with-habitat/index.html

 

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Although most big game hunting seasons are now closed, opportunities for hunting many small-game species continue until the end of December, or in some cases, for several more months.  There are also numerous opportunities for the public to interact with wildlife through citizen science projects during winter months (such as the Christmas Bird Count or the Maine Bird Atlas), or through snow-tracking or wildlife watching.  More information on these activities can be found on the Department’s website at www.maine.gov/ifw   

 

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published a final rule to delist the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species Act, including in Maine.  The rule goes into effect on January 4, 2021.  Although there is currently no evidence of a resident breeding population of wolves in Maine, this change in federal status will shift management responsibilities to MDIFW if wolves ever make their way to our state. https://www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery/

 

Fisheries

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Division of Fisheries & hatcheries has been working with the Division of Information and Education to develop messaging and outreach to recruit new anglers to the sport of ice fishing utilizing various venues, including social media to provide info on how to and where to go ice fishing.  

 

Licensing

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The Department started selling 2021 hunting and fishing licenses on December 1st. The Department has a new elective feature as part of our online licensing called EZ Renew. Using EZ Renew you are able to select a convenient date to receive an email reminder to renew your license. The email will contain a link that will allow you to quickly verify the license to be purchased, your personal info, and your payment details. Opting into EZ Renew will allow you to complete your annual license purchase in less than a minute. In 2020, the first year of this new feature, we had over 52,000 people sign up for EZ Renew.

 

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With the first major snowstorm of the season, Licensing personnel have been busy answering questions from our agents and our customers about registering snowmobiles. In a typical year, the Department registers over 80,000 snowmobiles. This past weekend’s storm initiated a flood of registrations. You can register your snowmobile at your town office or online here.

 

Warden Service

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The Maine Warden Service promoted three game wardens to the rank of Sergeant this past week. Game Wardens Justin Fowlie, Tom McKenney and Carleton Richardson will all be overseeing sections in Division A, which is in the southern part of the state and includes all or part of York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin counties. The trio has over 50 years combined experience in law enforcement and will be overseeing the busiest areas of the state.

 

 

November 30, 2020 Update: IFW Summary to Provide to the Legislature and the Governor:

 

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW)

 

Information and Education

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Take your morning coffee break with us and join us for Coffee With MDIFW! This interactive YouTube program includes MDIFW Host Katie Yates and an MDIFW staff member live on YouTube to talk on a themed topic and answer questions from the audience. The first episode featured MDIFW educator Laura Craver-Rogers and they chatted about ways to enjoy the outdoors during the winter months and while staying safe. Commissioner Judy Camuso will be featured in the next episode. This project is both an effort to highlight the work and staff of the agency and to encourage participation in activities or programs overseen by MDIFW.

 

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The Department will host the annual Landowner and Sportsman’s Relations Advisory Board public meeting virtually on December 14. This meeting is usually held in person and is open to the general public, but we are seeing a higher level of interest this year because it will be offered virtually.

 

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MDIFW has started to promote holiday gift giving opportunities through our online store and will be encouraging the public to support various causes by purchasing logo items or donating to various funds related to wildlife management (non-game/endangered species, outdoor partners, etc.) and promoting 2021 licenses, Maine Wildlife Park and Swan Island seasons passes, and other items.

 

Fisheries and Hatcheries

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The Division of Fisheries and Hatcheries is rewriting protocols involving in-person interactions with the public to address safety concerns related to elevated rates for Covid. The new protocols will result in reduced in-person outreach with various organizations, and reduced biological data collection conducted during the ice fishing season when staff interview anglers and sample harvested fish.   

 

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All hatchery spawning operations have been completed, and the department isl set to meet fish stocking allocations for over 800 different lakes, ponds and rivers for the next year and beyond.

 

Wildlife

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With the end of the regular Firearms season on deer on November 28th, most of the fall 2020 big game hunting seasons have ended (with exceptions for deer muzzleloader season and expanded archery deer season, which both run until mid-December in some locations).  The 2020 deer harvest is on track to be comparable the recent record set in 2018, with nearly 32,000 deer registered statewide so far.

 

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Wildlife Division Staff are starting winter field projects, which include surveys for wintering birds as part of the ongoing Maine Bird Atlas; helicopter flights with the Maine Forest Service to survey moose; capture and radiocollaring of deer to monitor survival; track surveys to monitor lynx; and habitat management on Wildlife Management Areas  among other projects.

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Licensing

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In addition to distributing snowmobile registration materials to towns and agents, licensing personnel just finished distributing boat registration materials to our 500 agents throughout the state. Each year, the Department registers roughly 120,000 boats.

 

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The New Year also means it is time to purchase a new hunting and fishing license. Licensing personnel just finished distributing 2021 year licensing materials to over 600 agents throughout the state. Each year, the Department sells roughly 470,000 hunting and fishing licenses and permits. You can also get your hunting and fishing license online at www.mefishwildlife.com.

 

 

November 12, 2020 Update: IFW Summary to Provide to the Legislature and the Governor:

 

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW)

 

Commissioner’s Office

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In order to eliminate barriers to getting outside, the Department developed and implemented a new online hunter safety course that continues to increase in popularity. Launched in September of 2020, in just over two months over 3,950 people have been certified in hunter safety, surpassing the 2019 totals for the whole year.

 

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Hunting license sales continue to outpace last year’s sales, with sales up nearly 8%. The Covid pandemic has more people spending time outside, and hunting continues to grow in popularity as a healthy outdoor activity and a way to provide locally sourced, free range, chemical free meat to family and friends. Hunting has an economic impact of over $338 million, and generates over 3,400 jobs in Maine.

 

Fisheries

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New water intake lines at the Grand Lake Stream and Casco Hatcheries have allowed hatchery to staff to complete spawning operations considerably earlier than usual this year.  The new intake lines allow more control of water temperatures, allowing hatchery staff to provide optimal conditions for trout and salmon. Earlier spawning means an increased growing season which translates to larger fish being stocked for anglers. The department stocks over one million trout and salmon in over 800 locations, which fuels a $320 million recreational fishing industry that supports over 3,300 jobs.

 

Wildlife

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The firearms season on deer is in its second week.  Excellent hunting conditions on resident’s only day resulted in a significantly higher deer harvest than last year on opening day.  Preliminary harvest numbers are updated daily and can be viewed on the Department’s website at:  https://maine.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bd9753317d3740d78146a96f5a095985.

 

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The Department has received a $1.25 million grant in federal funds to reconstruct the state-owned public shooting range in Fryeburg.  We are currently working with an engineering team to finalize design of the new range and plan to begin construction in summer 2021.

 

Licensing

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Licensing personnel are distributing boat registration materials to our 500 licensing agents throughout the state. Each year, the Department registers roughly 120,000 boats.

 

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Licensing personnel are preparing to distribute 2021 year licensing materials to over 600 agents throughout the state. Each year, the Department sells roughly 470,000 hunting and fishing licenses and permits.

 

Warden Service

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Maine Game Wardens are busy during the second full week of deer season. Wardens are noting an increase in the number of hunters, due in large part to the Covid-19 pandemic, where more people are spending time outside. Along with enforcing Maine’s hunting regulations, game wardens have searched for and rescued a number of lost hunters, including one who spent a night in the woods. Game Wardens have also dealt with two hunters with medical conditions who passed away while hunting.

 

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A Maine Game Warden Pilot located the body of a missing Enfield man who had been missing for several weeks. The pilot was conducting an overhead search of the Penobscot River, and the body was found approximately five miles downriver from where Game Warden Divers searched two weeks ago.

 

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Game Wardens rescued an 80-year-old woman from Island Falls after searching into the early morning hours. The woman had gotten her vehicle stuck on a remote woods road. Game wardens started searching the area at approximately 8:30 the night she was reported missing, and found her at 1:30 a.m. 

 

Information and Education

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The 2021 Fishing Laws publication is complete and at the publishers. The online version is being updated, and a new, easier to use, more thorough search option has been added for special regulations. The new laws take effect January 1, 2021.

 

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The Maine Wildlife Park wrapped up the 2020 season on Veterans Day with free admission for military personnel and veterans and their immediate families. The park is already planning for various scenarios to increase revenue for the 2021 season as the Covid-19 pandemic drastically reduced projected revenues for 2020. The park generated less than 1/3 of its normal revenues, which are utilized to cover 100% of the Wildlife Park’s operating costs.

 

Engineering

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A new well has been drilled at our Enfield Regional Headquarter to replace the well that failed due to drought. The new water supply will be hooked up and running within the next week.

 

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MDIFW is working with Oak Point Architects on a preliminary design and site assessment for a new MDIFW headquarters facility in Augusta. The new facility will combine multiple MDIFW offices, and provide centralized service for staff and our customers.

 

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Simon Architects are in the final stages of completing construction documents for the Maine Wildlife Park Nature Store project. The project is expected to go to bid in the spring of 2021.

 

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Engineering staff continues to make improvements at all department facilities to protect staff and our customers from the threat of the Covid-19 virus.

 

October 28, 2020 Update: IFW Summary to Provide to the Legislature and the Governor:

 

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW)

 

Commissioner’s Office

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The Department’s new online hunter education program continues to grow in popularity as over 3,200 people have taken the course in the past two months, nearly eclipsing last year’s totals in only two months. 

 

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The Department will hold a public hearing on December 1 at 4:00 p.m. to hear public comment on a proposed rule to regulate Airboat noise levels.

 

Fisheries

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The Department is investigating a 20% reduction in its deep water intake at the Embden hatchery, the department’s largest hatchery. The loss of water is consistent with an air leak, and efforts to locate the leak have been unsuccessful. The department is relocating trout and salmon to other department hatcheries due to the intake issue.

 

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Hatchery crews were able to get an early start on the fall stocking of trout and salmon, and nearly ¾ of all planned fall stocking is complete. Hatchery staff will next focus on egg take operations to raise the next generation of fish to be stocked.

 

Wildlife

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On October 16th, MDIFW hosted a panel discussion on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), including a presentation by Dr. Krysten Schuler from New York.  CWD is a disease in the deer family that is always fatal and poses a significant threat to Maine’s deer and moose populations.  MDIFW has an active surveillance program and has not yet detected the disease in Maine.  The panel discussion can be viewed at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6CIF8zUQgA&t=3s

 

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Fall hunting seasons are well underway, and preliminary information indicates that hunters are having a very successful season.  Updated deer, bear, moose and turkey harvest information can be viewed on the Department’s website at https://maine.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bd9753317d3740d78146a96f5a095985

 

Licensing

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Licensing personnel have been responding to many questions related to various hunting activities including bear, moose, deer, and partridge. Sales of hunting licenses, both to residents and visitors, are up 8% over last year at this time.

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After recently distributing snowmobile registration materials throughout the state, licensing personnel are preparing to distribute boat registration materials to our 500 agents. Each year, the Department registers roughly 120,000 boats.

 

Warden Service

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Maine Game Wardens have been busy working moose hunters during this third week of moose season. As of Tuesday at 4;30 p.m., 280 of the 745 permitted cow moose hunters have been successful this week already. Wardens are investigating several illegal kills and also cases of where small bulls were shot instead of females. 

 

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Maine Game Wardens are reporting notable increase traffic in the North Maine Woods. The combination of get outside COVD messaging, paired with the high number of grouse on the landscape this year has resulted in many hunters venturing to areas they might not have otherwise visited. The Department has worked to remind hunters that logging trucks and the wood industry own and use those roads, and always have the right of way.

 

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This past weekend, game wardens, warden K9s and the Warden Service Airwing searched the Penobscot River near Enfield for a missing male who is believed to be in the river. He had been missing since late last week and was finally reported missing by family members when they discovered some of his clothes along the edge of the river.

 

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Maine Game Wardens provided security coverage for the presidential visit this past weekend at Treworgy’s Orchard in Levant. Wardens assist the US Secret Service in securing the wooded areas around locations where officials are visiting. This weekend numerous wardens assisted in patrolling the woods and fields in the areas adjacent to the venue.

 

Information and Education

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The Department is launching a new digital marketing campaign at promoting the opportunities to enjoy the Maine ,outdoors with a Registered Maine Guide. This campaign is in conjunction with the Maine Office of Tourism. 

 

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The Department is finalizing the annual ATV and Snowmobile laws and rules, which highlight the work of the Governor’s ATV task force. The task force was led by MDIFW and DACF and its recommendations which were later turned to laws included limits on ATV sizes and weights, and recognizes the importance of private landowners who allow public use of their land.

 

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The Department is continuing with a digital marketing campaign focused on the safe enjoyment of the outdoors and responsible use of public and private land.

 

 

 

October 14, 2020 Update: IFW Summary to Provide to the Legislature and the Governor:

 

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW)

 

Commissioner’s Office

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The department just completed its five-year strategic plan, which will be the framework for the department to achieve its goals relating to the department’s workforce, customer experience, communication, public access and healthy fish and wildlife habitats.

 

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In the past few weeks the department’s engineering crew has worked at Grand Lake Stream fish hatchery installing a new tank system into the hatchery building, as well as monitoring construction progress on public access sites on Hancock Pond and Sandy Pond.

 

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The engineering division has been upgrading all IFW facilities to protect returning staff from contracting Covid-19, as well as contracting for a new well at the Enfield regional office (old well went dry due to drought) and contracting for snow removal at all regional headquarters

 

Fisheries

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October is the month when the majority of Maine’s fall fish stocking occurs.  The department stocks over one million trout and salmon in over 800 locations, which fuels a $320 million recreational fishing industry that supports over 3,300 jobs. Staff just concluded stocking fish by float plane in remote areas of the state.

 

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Department Fisheries Biologists are actively netting and sampling Maine’s native landlocked salmon, lake trout, and brook trout during the fall using live capture trap nets.  As Maine’s trout and salmon prepare to spawn, they move closer to shore where biologists trap them. Staff collects biological data to assess and improve the health of the fishery, then release the fish alive.  At right, an MDIFW fisheries biologist is holding a brook trout in fall spawning colors.

 

Wildlife

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 On October 6th, staff from the Wildlife Division participated in a training on methods and protocols to respond to an oil spill and oiled wildlife.   This annual training is required of all MDIFW staff that may be involved in an oil spill response.  The training included classroom instruction in the morning, and field exercises on Annabessacook Lake in the afternoon.

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The first week of the annual moose hunt was held from September 28 – October 3rd, with a preliminary total of 761 hunters harvesting a moose (80% success).  Other moose hunters will be afield from October 12-17 and October 26-31.  The annual moose hunt yields several hundred thousand pounds of lean, healthy meat for Maine families, plus many memorable days afield with friends and family. 

 

Licensing

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Winter is coming, MDIFW Licensing personnel recently completed packing and mailing snowmobile registration materials to our 500 license agents throughout the state. Last year, over 80,000 residents and nonresidents registered and snowmobiled in Maine, fueling over $450 of direct spending into Maine’s economy.

 

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Licensing personnel recently completed MOSES (Maine’s online sporting license and recreational vehicle registration system) training classes for a number of towns and stores throughout the state. During the pandemic, more and more locations are looking to go online with this system.

 

Warden Service

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This week is the second week of moose season and the third week of grouse and hare hunting for the 2020 season. Wardens are reporting a notable increase in number of hunters in the woods with grouse hunters experiencing high success rates.

 

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The Maine Warden Service located the body of a missing Massachusetts man on the shores of a remote Maine lake. James P. Fulginiti, age 64 of Falmouth, had not been seen by friends for several days. A friend reported him missing after finding his boat stuck in the mud in a cove on the lake. Game Warden Kris MacCabe and K9 Morgan located his body over 200 yards from his camp. It appears he died after trying to free his boat that was stuck in the mud.

 

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This past weekend concluded the commercial whitewater rafting season with most commercial outfitters on the major whitewater rivers be making their final trips. Reports will be out in a month or two indicating how the whitewater rafting industry fared COVID-19.

 

 

September 23, 2020 Update: IFW Summary to Provide to the Legislature and the Governor:

 

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW)

 

Information and Education

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Monday marks the beginning of the Moose hunt and the Department has conducted significant outreach and communication on safety reminders to hunters to be aware of the high number of people out in the woods with the bird hunting and moose week overlapping in the NMW.

 

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The Department has revamped its hunter educations courses In order to accommodate would-be hunters during restrictions placed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The course is now totally online, and tailored to hunting in Maine. The course is modeled after successful courses in place in other states. These states have seen participation numbers rise since implementing the new courses. 

 

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To assist teachers and schools with remote online lesson plans, the Department has developed online alternative virtual outdoor education programs and resources to support teachers/educators/parents this fall (in place of our normal in-person school programs)

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With covid-19 restrictions impacting the number of visitors coming the state, the Department launched a marketing campaign to encourage the public to hire registered Maine guides or outfitters to enhance their outdoor experience, and help guides replace out of state business.

 

Fisheries and Wildlife Division

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A number of hunting seasons are set to start, and the number of hunters in the woods will increase until peaking during the firearm season for deer in November. Hunting seasons that open over the next few weeks include upland game, moose, and archery deer seasons.  Turkey season started, and bear hunting season is off to a great start, with high levels of hunter participation despite the ongoing pandemic. You can see harvest results for all our seasons here: Big Game Harvest Dashboard.

 

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The Department has offered several online ‘Learn to Hunt’ programs over the past few weeks, including workshops on tracking and butchering, and panel discussions on deer and moose hunting.  These events have been well attended and have helped new hunters become successful. You can view these at: Scouting for Your Deer Hunt, Deer Hunting Laws , Deer Hunting Gear and After the Shot.

 

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Most summer wildlife survey and monitoring projects have been completed for the year, including the Maine Bird Atlas, which is the state’s largest wildlife citizen science project.  So far, over 1,500 volunteers have documented 228 species of breeding birds across the state.

 

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Hunting and fishing license sales continue to be strong, with resident fishing and hunting licenses up, and nonresident hunting license also up. Overall, hunting licenses are up 4.5%. Resident fishing licenses are up 1%, and while nonresident fishing licenses are down 12.9%, the decline is much smaller than the 40% falloff in summer tourism.

 

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The Fisheries division, working under covid-19 guidelines designed to minimize personal interactions at hatchery facilities, completed their fall fin clipping operations, and once conditions improve for stocking fish, they will be part of the 1.2 million fish that the fisheries and hatcheries division stock annually.

 

Warden Service

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The Maine Warden Service recovered the body of a 31-year-old York woman in Flagstaff Lake. The search effort took place over 4 days and included assistance from the Maine State Police, Maine Marine Patrol and Maine Forest Service. The woman went missing after the canoe she was in overturned about ½ mile from shore on Saturday during windy conditions.

 

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Moose season begins on Monday, September 28, while grouse season begins September 26 and fishing seasons continue through at least through September 30 and beyond. Next week it will be very busy with people enjoying he outdoors. Reports of high numbers of grouse surviving this past spring has drawn a lot of attention from hunters and warden service is preparing for high numbers of users in the woods in the following weeks.

 

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Last week the Maine Warden Service Landowner Relations Program held its annual Landowner Appreciation Day, where volunteers, sporting groups and staff from the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Forest Service spend the day cleaning up illegal trash dumps on private lands. This year’s efforts filled more than a dozen large dumpsters and removed more than 800 illegally dumped tires from the Maine landscape. The program is meant to show appreciation to private landowners for permitting public access to their property throughout the year.

 

 

 

September 9, 2020 Update: DIFW Summary to Provide to the Legislature and the Governor:

 

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Hunting seasons have begun:

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Bear season began with a youth hunting day on Saturday, August 29, and the Canada goose season beginning on September 1.

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There were 52 youth bear hunters who were successful, the second highest youth total since the youth bear day began.

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Bear season continues with the bait season through September 26, and Bear hunting with dogs begins on September 14.

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Biologists are expecting a successful season for many hunters this year, as the dry conditions have limited the number of natural foods on the landscape, and bears will be seeking other food sources such as bait.

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For laws, rules and information related to Maine’s bear hunt go to the following link: Maine Bear Hunting Information

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Go to the following link for information on nonlead ammunition:

Information on Nonlead Ammunition

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Those interested may see real time harvest data at the following link:

Big Game Harvest Dashboard

 

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Maine Warden Service All Warden Meeting Held:

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Maine Warden Service held their annual all-warden meeting that included training and award presentations to several Game Wardens. The following awards were presented:

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K9 Awards

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K9 Search and Rescue of the Year Award – Corporal David Chabot and K9 Ruby

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K9 Conservation Case of the Year Award – Warden Lucas Bellanceau and K9 Breezy

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Exemplary Service Awards

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Game Warden Ethan Buuck

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Game Warden Seth Powers

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Game Warden Carleton Richardson

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Game Warden’s Chris Dyer, Steven Couture, Chad Robertson

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Game Warden Corporal Andrew Glidden

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Game Warden Nick Raymond

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Game Warden Troy Dauphinee

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Game Warden James Gushee, Trooper Scott Duff – Special Recognition

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Game Warden Corporal Anthony Gray, Game Warden Investigator Kevin Anderson, Colonel Dan Scott

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Game Warden’s Jared Herrick, Will Shuman, Chad Robertson, Tom McKenney, Josh Beal, and Sergeant Chris Simmons

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Game Warden Kyle Hladik

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Game Warden Kim Bates, Game Warden Bob Johansen and Corporal Andrew Glidden – Meritorious, Theresa Johansen – Special Recognition

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Meritorious Service Award

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Game Warden Bob Johansen, Game Warden Corporal Andrew Glidden Exemplary Award

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Game Warden Joe Bailey

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Game Warden’s Gary Sibley, Kayle Hamilton

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Game Warden Jeremy Kemp

 

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Workshops on Swan Island: Inland Fisheries & Wildlife is hosting several workshops on Swan Island this fall, please go to the following link for more information on how to participate:

DIFW Swan Island public events

 

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Maine Warden Service Search and Rescue:

 

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Game Warden Michael Latti and K9 Luna rescued a lost and disoriented 67-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s in Dresden. Four Warden Service K9 teams were called to the scene to search for the woman, and after nearly 5 hours, K9 Luna struck on a scent that led to the lost woman who was over 400 yards into the woods and still wandering. After receiving medical attention, she was reunited with her family.  

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Shannon Ashley Power, age 28 of San Diego, California was rock climbing an area known as Shagg Crag on Bald Mountain in Woodstock at approximately 1:45 this afternoon when she fell while still attached to a safety rope. She fell the length of the 15-foot rope, and then swung by the rope into a rock where she suffered a severe head injury. She was not wearing a helmet. Emergency rescue personnel led by the Maine Warden Service hiked into the base of the rock climbing cliff, and upon examining Power, contacted the Maine Forest Service who utilized a helicopter to perform a short-haul evacuation at approximately 5:30. The Maine Forest Service lifted her out, and transported her through the air to a waiting LifeFlight helicopter in a nearby field, who transported her to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. The Maine Warden Service was assisted in the rescue by the Oxford Sherriff’s Office, Woodstock Fire Department, Peru Fire Department, Sumner Fire Department, Pace Ambulance, LifeFlight, Mahoosuc Search and Rescue, and the Maine Forest Service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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