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LePage signs fish and game bills

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the State House in Augusta.
The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine game tagging agents will get more money, and the state will do more to combat wildlife predators, under bills that have been signed into law by Gov. Paul LePage.

The governor on Monday signed a bill to increase the amount of money tagging agents receive from $1 to $2 for each $5 tag purchased by a hunter.

Another new law establishes a check-off on the hunting license application for donations to a predator control fund or a deer management fund.

A separate bill adds $100,000 to the fish and game department’s predator control program. With money left over from this year, the department will have $150,000 to reduce coyote predation of deer next year.

The final bill appropriates $200,000 for fish stocking next fiscal year.

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