April 24, 2014

Snowmobilers Who Followed Moose Under Investigation

I posted the story a few days ago of a New Hampshire couple snowmobiling in Northern Maine, near their camp, and while following a moose on the trail ended up being attacked by the moose. In my commentary I suggested that after reviewing the video taken of the incident that it appeared to me the two people snowmobiling were too close to the moose and the moose didn’t like it, stopped and attacked. It now appears the incident is being investigated by the Maine Warden Service.

According to the Kennebec Journal, after much ado over the YouTube video of the occurrence, the Maine Warden Service will look into the matter to see if the New Hampshire couple was actually “harassing”, by definition, the moose. Charges could be filed.

In the Kennebec Journal article the man who eventually gets whacked by the moose said, “It looks like we were right on top of the moose, but we were maybe 50 feet from the moose.” In my opinion, 50 feet is too close. He said he was an “experienced” snowmobiler and has seen “dozens of moose” while riding and that he and his wife generally stay 100 feet behind any moose.

In my opinion, 100 feet is also too close. I have no reason to believe this couple was intentionally “harassing”, by definition, this moose. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Warden Service should jump all over this incident and use it as a learning tool to explain to the people about the vulnerability of moose and deer, especially this time of year. Any action that forces a moose or deer to run or “trot” to flee danger is a potential life-threatening situation for the animal. People need to be made cognizant of that fact and fully respect the animal.

Official Notice: Mud Runts Have Been Spotted

Yes it’s true! Spring is really here, a mud runt was spotted this morning in Albany Township just before seven o’clock. It was of normal size and seemed to be quite healthy from a long snowy, cold winter…hurrahhhhh….

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Uncontrolled Bears: Is It Sustainable?

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Maine Bill: Legislature Would Have Final Approval Before Land Given to NPS

“AUGUSTA, Maine — New legislation put forward by Gov. Paul LePage appears to take aim at proponents of a national park in Maine by giving the Legislature final say on large federal projects that would require the acquisition of state land.

The Legislature’s Judiciary Committee will review on Tuesday LD 1828, “An Act To Limit Consent Regarding Land Transfers to the Federal Government.” Rep. Doug Thomas, R-Ripley, is sponsoring the bill.”<<<Read More Answer Poll Question>>>

In 1984, Maine Planned Coyote Control Not Extermination

According to this article published in a Bangor Daily News newspaper, June 7, 1984, deer were “below the carrying capacity of the range, given the winters we have had.” So a plan was devised to “control” coyotes and not “exterminate” them.

It is safe to say that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, along with Animal Damage Control, didn’t exterminate coyotes. And what year was it that the deer herd recovered and met carrying capacity and/or population target goals?

I thought so.

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Audubon’s Wind Analysis Map for Maine

Full map and more information found here.

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Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo on March 22 to Benefit Wounded Warriors

Anglers anxiously awaiting the snow melt, ice out and the opening of fishing season , can learn the latest fishing techniques and visit with guides, sporting camps and a variety of angling exhibitors at the Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo to be held Saturday, March 22 at the Bethel Inn Conference Center in Bethel Maine. This year all proceeds from an auction of items including guided trips, sporting camp vacations and fly fishing gear will go toward the construction of the Veterans Casting Platform at Songo Locks on Sebago Lake to benefit our wounded servicemen and women. The Expo runs from 9:00 am to 4 pm and is sponsored by The Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Admission is $5 for adults and free for youth 15 and under.

Exhibitors include Maine and New Hampshire outfitters and guide services, sporting camps, wildlife artists and authors, The Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Casting for Recovery, equipment manufacturers and retailers. Attendees can learn the art of fly tying, rod building and wildlife photography. There will be seminars on getting started in fly fishing, and travel to destination fisheries. and fly tying contests in different age and ability categories. Sponsors and exhibiting vendors are giving away dozens of door prizes every hour.

The Fly Fishing Film Tour, a nationwide movie tour featuring segments from the best fishing films of the year will cap off the day. The two and a half hour movie, “North of Wild” will be shown at 7 pm at The Bethel Inn Conference Center. Tickets are $8 when purchased in advance at the Bethel Inn 207-824-3694 or $12 at the door. The film was produced by Carter Davidson of Gray Ghost Productions. Carter is a Bethel native who grew up fishing in the western Maine region and has hand crafted his own wooden drift boat.

Information on the event is available on line at www.westernmaineflyfishingexpo.com .

Keep Maine Game Wardens or Add More Welfare?

The natural resource commissioners — from the Departments of Agriculture, Marine Resources, Environmental Protection and Inland Fisheries & Wildlife — don’t often get involved with policy debates outside their agencies. Their involvement in the Medicaid expansion debate represented the strongest push yet by LePage to gain traction with his core message in recent weeks: that Medicaid spending is “cannibalizing” other state programs.<<<Read More>>>

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“White Bigfoot” Spotted in Maine

From WMTW.com:

“According to Cryptozoology News, M.P. told them, “I never thought I’d get to see something like this. I’ve always laughed at all these bigfoot nuts, I had my reasons. Now I guess I’m the crazy one here. Unless it was a very good hoax played on me, that could be, but I tell you again, it ain’t easy for a man to make those kind of moves. That didn’t look human to me.””

As was expressed to me by a reader, the Maine Legislature is in session. These people should be at work in Augusta, not out running around the countryside.

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An Act To Further Delegate Permit-granting Authority to the Bureau of Forestry

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 38 MRSA §480-E-3, as enacted by PL 2011, c. 599, §13 and amended by c. 657, Pt. W, §§5 and 7 and PL 2013, c. 405, Pt. A, §23, is further amended to read:

§ 480-E-3. Delegation of permit-granting authority to the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry

Notwithstanding section 480-E-1, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry shall issue all permits under this article for timber harvesting activities…………………………

SUMMARY

Under the Natural Resources Protection Act, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Forestry each have permitting authority with respect to timber harvesting activities. This bill consolidates this permitting authority under the bureau.<<<Read Entire Bill Proposal>>>

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