February 2, 2023

Maine Sitting On Moose and Bear Hunting Data? Deer Next?

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An article in the Bangor Daily News says, “Kantar was able to provide real-time data on the moose hunt because of the implementation of an internet-based registration system that the DIF&W is using this year for the first time. Previously, it took biologists months to receive paper registration books from far-flung tagging stations, and data wasn’t released until all of those books were sent to Augusta and logged.”

So, if you are a member of the mainstream press you can call the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MIDFW) and get the lowdown on the moose hunt, but the MDIFW can’t take 5 minutes out of their schedule to post the numbers on their website?

On the website, the office of Information and Education has a mission statement that reads: “The Division of Public Information and Education is established within the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and is responsible for the administration of programs to increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of inland fisheries and wildlife resources and the management of these resources. The division’s responsibilities include public education, promotion of inland fisheries and wildlife resources and the dissemination of information.” (emboldening added)

Glancing through such things on the website as “Press Releases,” we see that MDIFW posts anywhere between 5 and a dozen releases per month over the past 6 months or so. If the Division of Information and Education can only come up with such scant information to share and educate the public with, one might be prompted to ask why taxpayers cough up money for that job position.

If nowhere else, can’t the division officer, say, once a week, take 5 minutes and file a Press Release that gives us tagging information? Is it that difficult a task to ask for?

Evidently. Control and business as usual. So glad the money was spent to give the MDIFW real-time data they won’t readily share.

Government – YUCK!!!!