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LePage, Woodcock unveil strategy to replenish deer herd

Decling winter deer habitat is a major concern throughout northern Maine, including the Moosehead Lake area where this deer was photographed last winter.
Bridget Brown
Decling winter deer habitat is a major concern throughout northern Maine, including the Moosehead Lake area where this deer was photographed last winter.
Posted March 17, 2011, at 10:42 a.m.
Last modified March 17, 2011, at 8 p.m.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage and Maine’s top game official say they have a plan to replenish the state’s deer herd.

LePage and Game Commissioner Chandler Woodcock say a healthy deer herd is critical to Maine’s economy and heritage,

Northern, eastern and western Maine have been hit hardest by low deer numbers that have been a concern for two decades. Deer are abundant in southern and central Maine.

A plan presented Thursday by LePage and Woodcock stresses the importance of recognizing and protecting deer yards. It also calls for landowner outreach to better manage deer wintering areas, more coyote control, and more warnings at deer crossing areas along highways,

Officials say healthy and abundant deer mean about $280 million to Maine’s economy, through both wildlife watching and deer hunting.

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