June 30, 2015

Islesboro grapples over deer hunt — again

ISLESBORO, Maine — Along with flowers, warm breezes and visitors from other states, warm weather on Islesboro brings worries about ticks, Lyme disease and, by most accounts, an overabundance of deer on the picturesque Maine island community. Earlier this month, residents voted 45 to 27 at a special town meeting […]

Source: Islesboro grapples over deer hunt — again — Midcoast — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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In national park debate, where’s the honey? | Mainely Thoughts

“I was inspired by the bees, the way they all worked together,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh, what good little communists they are. Well, except for that queen in there.’” — Roxanne Quimby

Over the past several days, I’ve been doing research on Quimby’s national park and recreation area proposal. When I got to that quote in a March 2008 article in Yankee Magazine, I laughed. It was too perfect an analogy to ignore.

Source: In national park debate, where’s the honey? | Mainely Thoughts

In national park debate, where’s the honey?

“I was inspired by the bees, the way they all worked together,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh, what good little communists they are. Well, except for that queen in there.’” — Roxanne Quimby

Over the past several days, I’ve been doing research on Quimby’s national park and recreation area proposal. When I got to that quote in a March 2008 article in Yankee Magazine, I laughed. It was too perfect an analogy to ignore.

Somewhere in Quimby’s motivations, was there the idea she would take over the North Woods like a queen bee, and all the folks up there would get in line like “good little communists”? We all know her former neighbors aren’t the “good little communist” type.

Source: In national park debate, where’s the honey? | Mainely Thoughts

Medway Rejects National Park Proposal by Wide Margin

MEDWAY, Maine — Residents rejected a proposed 150,000-acre North Woods national park and recreation area 252-102 in a nonbinding referendum on Tuesday. The 354 votes cast represents about 36 percent of the total 987 registered voters eligible — an impressive turnout in a non-Election Day straw poll, town Administrative Assistant […]

Source: Medway rejects national park proposal by wide margin — Outdoors — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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Mark Latti: Keeping an eye on the welfare of Maine moose 

*Note* This article does not tell us what the actual “recruitment” rate for moose has been since collaring began. This is vitally important in a better understanding of the fate of Maine’s moose. If there are not enough calf moose to survive to replace the total mortality of moose each year, the overall population will continue to spiral downward.

So what is exactly happening when it comes to birth rates of Maine moose? This year biologists have confirmed that 10 of a likely 20 cows had calves. Why likely? It’s hard to determine the age of some moose, and moose don’t give birth until they are nearly 3 at the earliest. Last year, 11 of 18 cows had calves.

These numbers don’t tell the whole story concerning reproduction as well because calves are susceptible to bears, coyotes and other predators before a biologist may be able to confirm a birth. That’s why biologists will examine the ovaries of hunter-harvested moose and conduct aerial flights to determine cow/calf dynamics, in addition to the walk-ins, to see if an adult has given birth.

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Source: Mark Latti: Keeping an eye on the welfare of Maine moose – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

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Maine Voices: Quimby’s promises don’t sound right

Her plan to donate 150,000 acres seems at odds with known data and the advice of Gov. Percival Baxter.

Source: Maine Voices: Quimby’s promises don’t sound right – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Scarborough Couple Warn Neighbors About Bobcat

A Scarborough couple who photographed an animal that looks like a bobcat in their backyard this month says they are concerned that it may pose a threat to their neighbors’ pets and children.

Penny and Ken Kacere, who own a home and 10 acres on Spurwink Road, near the Higgins Beach Market, said they wanted to go public with the photographs to alert residents.

Source: – Scarborough couple warn neighbors about bobcat

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Oscar Cronk: Still Learning and Loving the Outdoor Life – Turns 85 in June

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, OSCAR!

“Oscar Cronk has had many titles over the years, worm digger, hunter, trapper, dog trainer, husband, church elder, and renowned maker of hunting scents; just don’t call him legendary.

“I prefer to think of myself more as being the last of my breed,” he said. The original Cronk of Cronk’s Outdoor Supplies isn’t thinking of retiring, although he admits to slowing down a bit.”

Source: Oscar Cronk still learning and loving the outdoor life | Wiscasset Newspaper

On the Track of the Cat – Article in Sports Illustrated:

“For 38 of his 52 years, Oscar Cronk Jr., Maine wilderness trapper, has been spending most of fall and winter in the woods. Since 1968 he has been going to his camp in the vast wilderness waterway called the Allagash. Late every October he kisses his wife, Edie, goodby, throws his hound, Emerson, in the back of his Chevy pickup and drives 250 miles from his home in Wiscasset on the coast to the camp in northwest Aroostook County. The route takes him into Quebec, past desolate, windswept farms sculpted by snowdrifts. The truck leaps over frost-heave ripples on the road much of the way, and Emerson, from his dog box, yelps like a child on a roller coaster. They rejoin Maine at the remote customs station of Daaquam and drive the final 18 miles over a frozen logging road that leads to the camp just across the St. John River.”

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Maine Gov. Percival Baxter’s vision did not include national park — Opinion

It’s been nearly 46 years since Gov. Percival Baxter’s ashes were scattered through Baxter State Park, but he’s still protecting his life’s work. So it’s sad to see Buzz Caverly, who served the park faithfully for 45 years, support a national park right on Baxter’s border.   “There are […]
Source: Maine Gov. Percival Baxter’s vision did not include national park — Opinion — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

Newport man lost in woods with girlfriend found, then arrested 

ELLIOTSVILLE TOWNSHIP, Maine — A Newport couple who got lost in the woods in Piscataquis County said after they were found Tuesday that they had just wanted a couple of minutes by themselves. They got about 24 hours of unexpected alone time followed by a sudden separation. Michael Chapman, 40, […]
Source: Newport man lost in woods with girlfriend found, then arrested — Piscataquis — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine