Monthly Review from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: November 2018


November 2018

Appreciating Maine's Private Landowners


It is hunting season in Maine and many of us are anxious to head to the woods. We would like to remind you that the vast majority of us hunt on private land. Maine is extremely fortunate that landowners allow access for hunting, for without that generosity, there would be very few places to hunt.

Respect their property and take the extra step to show your gratitude.

Uncovering the Mysteries of Bats


At this time of year, most bats are already hibernating, but there’s a lot of mystery about where bats spend the winter. For a group of animals found throughout the state in the summer, we know very little about where they go in the colder months. READ MORE

Honoring Maine's Fallen Game Wardens


The Annual Fallen Game Warden Run is a tribute to Maine’s 15 game wardens who have died in the line of duty since the bureau was established in 1880. On October 24, nearly 30 runners braved temperatures just above freezing and wintry precipitation, beginning the run at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro and treking 14 miles to the Fallen Officer Memorial in Augusta.

At each mile-marker, one fallen game warden was honored as a ribbon with their name was attached to a flag commemorating their sacrifice. The flag was carried the entire length of the run by alternating runners. When the runners arrived at the Memorial in Augusta, they were greeted by surviving family members and friends of the fallen game wardens.

Crooked River Weir Providing Valuable Information On Sebago’s Wild Salmon


Several years ago, the Sebago Lakes region purchased a portable steel picket weir with the intention of setting it up periodically on the lower Crooked River to monitor the size and duration of the annual landlocked salmon spawning migration.   These salmon migrate as far as 60 miles up the river from Sebago Lake each fall to spawn, but the actual number of individuals running up the river and their fate has not been comprehensively investigated since the removal of the Bolsters Mill dam and fish trap in 1982.   The actual deployment of the weir had to be postponed due to a temporary lack of staffing, but I am happy to report the temporary weir is now in place on the river and functional. READ MORE

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