Monthly Review from the Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

monthly review

When Dealing With Young Wildlife: If You Care, Leave Them There


As the weather continues to get warmer and more people are enjoying the outdoors, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding everyone to follow this motto when encountering wildlife, especially young animals: If you care, leave them there. READ MORE

Brook Trout Flourish In Little Moxie Pond After Removing Suckers, Shiners


Wonder what can happen when you remove nearly two tons of suckers and shiners from a small, 73-acre native trout pond? Brook trout flourish. READ MORE 

Maine Warden Service Welcomes Four New Wardens To The Ranks

Deputy Commissioner Tim Peabody swears-in the four newest game wardens

The Maine Criminal Justice Academy graduated 63 new police officers recently from the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) in Vassalboro. Of those 63 officers, four were Maine game wardens who will now be entering their next phase of training. READ MORE

Training Drill Prepares Biologists For Multiple Crisis Scenarios


The Department’s mission is to “protect, conserve and enhance” Maine’s fish and wildlife resources. For the most
part, this is done proactively, through monitoring of populations, adjusting harvest limits or season lengths, and restoring or preserving habitat. Occasionally though, the department must react to a crisis such as an oil spill to protect or conserve Maine’s wildlife. READ MORE

Commissioner's Corner

Commissioner Woodcock presents Leon with a print by David Footer

Friday, June 3 marked Leon Bucher’s last day at IFW.  As the federal aid coordinator, Leon oversaw IFW’s boating access program and land purchases. Over the past ten years, Leon’s  work resulted in many new boating access sites and wildlife management areas. Thanks to Leon's work in conjunction other IFW staff, there now are more areas to hunt and fish throughout the state.

Moose Permit Drawing June 11


Join us for Maine’s moose permit lottery on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Kittery Trading Post in Kittery, Maine. LEARN MORE

Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award


The Department is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Annual Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award. LEARN MORE