August 24, 2019

Maine Fish and Game Devises Unique Method to Save Deer From Predators

Now that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is suggesting a ban on feeding deer and the state, through perverted animal protection groups’ lawsuits, can’t effectively trap coyotes to protect the deer and the same perverted groups whine and complain incessantly that using money to pay hunters and trappers to control predators isn’t socially acceptable, an anonymous person has stepped forward with a more humane way of saving deer.

The method, of which rumor has it was crafted by a retired government worker living in the Augusta area with too much time on his hands, has proven to work well on the Serengeti saving antelope from cheetahs and such. He’s not sure how effective it will be in heavily wooded forests while wearing snow shoes, heavy outdoor clothing and blaze orange.

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Open Thread – September 24, 2012

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Repeating Nonsense About Predator Control Doesn’t Make it Factual

On September 10, 2012, the Portland Press Herald released an opinion piece in which the author believed that spending money to control the population of coyotes for the benefit of all wildlife was “ill-conceived wildlife measures”. The author claims that spending $100,000, of which only $15,000 was actually spent, was an “irresponsible use of taxpayer funds”. Was it really?

Today, in the same newspaper, a person wrote a short comment in support of the first opinion piece:

Reduce the population of coyotes enough to make a temporary difference, and those remaining will produce more pups to fill the loss in numbers. If the governor had asked the state biologists, they would have told him this.

That is the entirety of the letter.

First of all, there is no scientific evidence that proves the absurd statement that if you kill some coyotes, “those remaining will produce more pups to fill the loss of numbers”. That’s a myth that has been perpetuated by protectors of predators, like the coyote, as a means to dishonestly deceive the public in order to drum up support for private and personal agendas.

There are few that will argue that attempting to control predators can be achieved with one season of killing. It’s an ongoing thing. If the desired number of coyotes can be achieved with a required amount of effort, the task of managing a stable population is much easier.

The second issue is that the author says that if the governor had asked the state biologists, they would have told him that the coyotes would reproduce more coyotes to fill the void. That statement is probably true because most of the biologists at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and wildlife agencies all over the world, are predator protectors and have been indoctrinated to believe the same myth the author has. Therefore, the lie is perpetuated with very few people ever challenging the concept. What a travesty!

All of this is the product of non scientific brainwashing, convincing non thinking students that nature balances itself out. That if man was somehow taken out of the equation, some kind of nirvana would ensue and all would be well. Odd that they would perpetuate this myth being that if it were true, why would any state NEED a fish and wildlife department, wasting millions of dollars each year for something they seem to think would be handled just fine without them.

Dr. Valerius Geist, a foremost wildlife scientist and professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, calls the idea of this kind of wildlife management thought as “intellectual rubbish”. But why waste my time attempting to help people understand the truth when the truth doesn’t fit their narrative?

I challenge all readers to make an attempt at learning that there is no such thing as a self-regulated ecosystem; at least not in the Disneyesque sense of things. It may surprise you to know that there does not exist a system of ecology, i.e. ecosystem. That it’s not a system at all, leading people to believe it is some kind of well-oiled machinery. In reality nothing is ever static therefore there can be no balance.

Left to mother nature, reality would scare most people, with large swings of near extinction of some species, starvation and disease. That’s how mother nature does it.

But that didn’t stop the coiners of the term ecosystem, again to deceive the public and gain their support knowing people are just all too eager to believe what they are told and not think for themselves and discover the truth on their own.

If you are actually interested in truth and not someone’s “intellectual rubbish”, you can begin by reading an article I wrote a couple years ago about Dr. Valerius Geist’s comments on natural balance and self regulation. There you will find links to scientific articles and studies that will help you understand how everything is constantly changing. Wildlife does not become balanced and remain static by itself. It is in constant flux, influenced by a host of ever changing conditions and circumstances and often leaving the forests with what is known as a predator pit; void of any population of prey species and dominated by predators. Follow the links and continue your own research. It’s not easy but sometimes discovering facts is not. It’s fascinating stuff and the truth will set you free.

If you really are a believer in the conservation of all wild things, then do yourself a favor and first, stop reading and believing the garbage being put out by fish and wildlife agencies, media and environmentalists that are agenda-driven and dishonest. The conservation is about conserving ALL wildlife not protecting one species at the expense of others.

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Open Thread – September 21, 2012

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Tularemia

By David Miller

Tularemia is commonly called rabbit fever, which is a disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. Tularemia is typically found in animals, especially rodents and of importance to us trappers, it is most commonly found in beaver and muskrats here in the United States. It has been reported in all states except for Hawaii.

In the U.S. it was never particularly common, with the disease most frequently found with trappers, hunters, cooks and agriculture workers. The incident rate has dropped through the 20th century resulting in an occurrence rate of 1 in 1,000,000 between 1990 and 2000, meaning that the disease is fairly rare today. This is in part mostly due to less and less people processing and handling animals in todays society, resulting in most all reported cases being in rural areas.

Infection may be caused by bites of infected insects (most commonly deerflies & ticks), by handling infected sick or dead animals, by eating or drinking contaminated food or water, or by inhaling the air born bacteria. Trappers and hunters can most easily be infected through a break in the skin while handling an infected animal, and more rarely by eating the poorly cooked flesh of infected animals. Waterborne infections account for up to 10% of all reported cases. The tularemia organisms can live for several months in the carcass of dead animals, and the same period of time in mud and water. Evidence of tularemia in an animal is white spots on the liver. I would suggest any one eating beaver or muskrat, or feeding them uncooked to pets to check the liver prior to use.

The history of the disease is interesting in that it was first documented in ancient Canaan in about 1715 BC. Subsequently, wars spread the disease in ancient times (sparing Egypt in the 14th century BC due to a quarantine). During this period it was deliberately introduced into western Anatoia, constituting the first known record of biological warfare. Today it is considered a viable biological warfare agent by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has been included in the biological warfare programs in modern times by the United States, Soviet Union and Japan. It is of concern today, as it may be used in terrorist attacks as a bioweapon and would most likely be made airborne so that the bacteria would be inhaled. Those who inhaled the bacteria would experience severe respiratory illness, including life threatening pneumonia and systemic infection if not treated.

Various natural outbreaks have occurred in recent years around the world. Interestingly, in January of 2011 researchers searching for brucellosis in feral hogs in Texas discovered widespread infections or evidence of past infections in populations of the hogs in two counties, though Tularemia is not normally associated with hogs. The spreading of the disease over a large area is of particular concern, or even may be already present in a very wide geographical area. Precautions were recommended for those who hunt, dress, or prepare feral hogs.

The incubation for the disease is a period of normally 3 to 5 days after expose, but it can be as long as several weeks. The illness usually starts suddenly, and may continue for several weeks after exposure. Symptoms include chills, eye irritation (conjunctivitis – if infection began in the eye), fever, headache, joint stiffness, muscle pains, red spot on the skin (growing into a sore – ulcer), shortness of breath, sweating and weight loss.

Testing for the disease includes a blood culture for the tularemia bacteria, blood test measuring the body’s immune system to the infection, chest x-ray, and a test for PCR from an ulcer.

It is cured with antibiotics. The disease is fatal in about 5% of untreated cases, and less than 1% of treated cases. Complications can result in bone infections, infection of the sac around the heart, meningitis, and pneumonia. Call your doctor if symptoms develop after a rodent bite, tick bite, or exposure to the flesh of a wild animal. This gives new meaning to “wearing rubber gloves” while pelting and dressing animals, and especially beaver or muskrat. Normally we trappers think of donning rubber gloves while handling animals normally associated with rabies. Although Tularemia is fairly rare today in the general public, we trappers have a greatly increased chance of contracting the disease – as they say, An Ounce of Prevention Is worth a Pound of Cure.

Dave Miller
Lexington TWP.

Dave Miller is a Maine resident, an outdoor writer and a member of the Carrabassett Valley Trappers Association.

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New Species “Black Bear Crow” Will Count Deer in Maine

Yesterday we learned that in one Maine community, “public education and a careful monitoring program” helped to solve problems with black bears. Now that we know that black bears can be educated in our public schools, a rumor has surfaced that a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife bear biolo-jest, whose community the bears were educated, has successfully cross bred a black bear with a crow. He calls it the black bear crow.

(* Editor’s Note: A reader sent me the above photo with the inane notion that black bear crows might be used to count deer in Maine. The suggestion coming the result of my previous blogs wondering why many other game species in Maine have a definite number attached but not the white tail deer. I went with his suggestion and expanded the insanity just a bit more.)

The story goes that this biolo-jest knew that crows are very intelligent creatures; bears a bit on the dumb side but loaded with brute strength. He fathomed that combining the brute strength with the intelligence of the crow, he would end up with a very strong and smart animal.

But what good would such a creature be?

In his first attempt, his cross-breeding gave him a specimen similar to the photograph above but being that it ended up with a bear’s head and brain, it was too stupid to fly. Something needed to be done. That’s when the biolo-jest came up with the scheme to send bears to his local community’s public school and get an education.

Fearing that if his bear got too smart, he would run away, once the bear learned his ABCs and how to count, he yanked him from the classroom and then cross-bred him with the crow and ended up with a flying bear that could read and count.

But what good would such a creature be?

The biolog-jest thought and thought and recalled reading my article I wrote about why, after Maine spent money with helicopters, they hadn’t provided sportsmen and Maine citizens with a population count of their precious deer. That’s when he came up with the idea to train the black bear crow to fly all over the state and count deer.

In the biolo-jest’s first attempt at using the black bear crow to count deer, he gave explicit instruction to the animal on what to do. After a test flight over the Maine Animal Park, the black bear crow returned with a count of 42 deer. The biolo-jest knew there were only 5 deer at that time in the park and couldn’t understand what the problem might be. He considered that perhaps the black bear crow learned enough to realize that he was working for free and that the other biolo-jests got handsome pay and excellent retirement benefits, but that didn’t seem likely.

After some serious thought and recruiting help from the commissioner, they were able to determine that the black bear crow was counting every animal it could see, not just deer. The bear, during his bout with the public education system, hadn’t been taught how to differentiate between different species.

Fearing the black bear crow would be treated differently in public school than the bears, being of mixed species, the biolo-jest opted for a private tutor. At first the biolo-jest thought of Bill Clinton, thinking he would make an excellent person to teach the black bear crow how to identify species, at least male and female. But he realized that probably a man who wasn’t sure what the word “is” is, might not get the job done.

After countless hours of research on the subject, the biolo-jest was talking to his neighbor about his dilemma. The neighbor’s 8-year-old son overheard the conversation and suggested that he could teach the black bear crow species identification. Baffled, the biolo-jest and his neighbor looked at each other with blank expressions. The boy explained that he had a video game where first you had to identify a species before it could be shot in simulation.

Within two weeks the black bear crow could spot a deer faster than the head deer biolo-jest at the MDIFW. The problem for the biolo-jest was not now being able to get the black bear crow up off the couch and go to work.

The biolo-jest took his black bear crow, who he named Aldo, to work one day and made his presentation to the commission, the Joint Committee for MDIFW and the governor’s office, to use Aldo to count white tail deer. He guaranteed an accurate account and that it would be done within one week from the time he started; at a cost of only $1.6 million……..per flight.

MDIFW will begin counting deer using the black bear crow this winter but on the condition that none of the data be released to the public.

The governor is setting up a task force to see if there isn’t some data that could be released to the public. They will provide the results of their research to the governor on or before August 1, 2018.

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Open Thread – September 20, 2012

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Did You Know Maine Bears Went to School?

Actually, this is not true but when you read an article in the CBC News, online, titled, “Education, monitoring, key to getting rid of black bears, says biologist”, and read the opening paragraph, readers could take what it written at face value.

A wildlife biologist in Maine says public education and a careful monitoring program helped communities in his area get rid of a black bear problem similar to the one facing the Glovertown area.

I’m curious as to whether the bears are segregated from the rest of the public education participants and if so, is this legal?……and racial considering the bears are black?

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Open Thread – September 18, 2012

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Farmington Angler Wins the Upper Andro 2–Fly Contest

Pete Smith of Farmington, Maine won the trophy for the biggest trout caught during the annual Upper Andro 2-Fly Contest in Bethel held Saturday, September 15. Pete netted a 15” brook trout in the river near Gilead. Second place went to Jerry Miller of Marblehead, MA with a 14 1/8th inch brook trout and third place to Sean Libbey of Deerfield, MA who caught two 14” rainbow trout.

The award for the largest catch went to Dan Reader of Rochester, NH who caught six rainbows and a brook trout. Second place went to Todd Richard of Farmington, ME who caught five rainbows and a brown trout and third place went to Amy Grant-Trefethen of Mt. Vernon, Maine who caught 3 rainbows, a brook trout and a brown trout.

The Rocky Freda Turtle Water Trophy presented to the oarsman of the team who caught the most fish was shared between the teams from Schiavi Homes/Northern Lights, Scott Stone from Norway, ME as oarsman, and Skinny Moose Media’s Western Maine Drifters team rowed by Brian Reader of Cornish, ME.

Maineflyfish.com’s “Big ol’ Chub” trophy went to Stoo Mason of Bethel who caught a 15 ½ inch chub and a total of fifteen of these “mountain” trout.

Thirteen teams of two anglers and an oarsman fished the Upper Androscoggin River from Shelburne, NH to Rumford Center, Maine. The anglers were restricted to using only two flies to catch the biggest and the most trout for an eight hour time period from 6 am to 2 pm.

In Friday afternoon’s Northeast Drift Boat Championship, testing the rowing skills of the oarsmen over a ¼ mile course, first place honors went to Sam Lambert of Bath, ME, Second place to Kate Farnham of Bath, ME and third place to Scott Stone of Norway, Maine.

Awards were presented at the Bethel Inn Resort immediately following a drift boat parade up Bethel’s Main Street and around the Harvest fest on the town common. Along with trophies, winners received merchandise prizes from Sun Valley Sports, L.L. Bean, Kittery Trading Post, Patagonia, Setters Point Inc., and Cabela’s.

Anglers interested in participating in the 2013 Drift Boat Championships and 2-Fly Contest should contact the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance at fish@upperandro.com.


Photo by Mike Mayo


Photo by Mike Mayo


Photo by Mike Mayo

In addition, Terry Karkos of the Sun Journal has stories here and here and his video is embedded below.

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