February 7, 2023

The Right Hand is Blind to the Left Hand – With an Attitude to Boot

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Have you often wondered why the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) even exists and functions at all? I have. But let me be honest. The job is a huge one and MDIFW does many things well. Others? Not so good. I think public relations and communications needs some improvement. What do you think?

In a story and video published at WAGM, Channel 8, Presque Isle, Maine, an MDIFW biologist states: “This [mild winter] is tremendous, not only for deer but all wild life. We know the weather regime is quite rigorous. And winter is a tremendous limiting factor in survivor-ship for all wild life. I guess it boils down to, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Happy days are here again… and blue skies, nothing but blue skies will I see.

But hang on a minute. Not quite so fast with the jubilation of instant deer management.

WABI TV’s website has another video about the mild winter weather in Maine.

Another MDIFW biologist told the Bangor, Maine television audience that: “Severe weather in any direction is going to have some mild impact on all critters, but people like to make a big deal out of nothing.”

And so, there you have it. You decide if MDIFW needs a bit of help with getting their excuses stories straight.

The mild weather, according to one biologist, is the answer to all things wildlife – all wild life is prosperous. Shhh! Don’t say a word about how that mild winter weather grows winter ticks and slaughters moose by the dozens or more. All wild life benefits.

Because people “like to make a big deal out of nothing,” we should stop being concerned for whether or not Maine’s deer, bear, moose, grouse, turkeys and yes, even, piping plovers are effected by “climate change.” MDIFW seems to have taken on that attitude…or at least some. It must be about keeping the stockholders happy to increase profits.

But you know what pisses me off the most about all of this? I really don’t care that much that MDIFW sends out contradictory information all on the same day, because I know the truth. What angers me most is that last comment shown above: “…but people like to make a big deal out of nothing.” Doesn’t that just stink to high heavens of an elitist biologist, the same ones that never listen to what the sportsmen who actually spend time afield have to say because I’M A BIOLOJEST and I know it all. Maybe if these people changed their attitudes about us low-life commoners, who, by the way, pay their salaries and retirement benefits, are nothing more than an inconvenience, people like me wouldn’t have to keep reminding them that their attitudes suck.

With a $50 million budget, plus lots more money to spend, isn’t it time for that department to have a common public relations person and press secretary where all communications come from?