Stories about Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

A black bear stands at the edge of the forest in Hancock in June 2014.

Maine wildlife agency spent $31,000 to defeat bear hunting referendum

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 12, 2014, at 2:52 p.m.

Crawling with wildcats: Maine lynx population booming

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Jan. 20, 2014, at 1:51 p.m.
This photograph of a wolflike animal purportedly was taken in the Gorham area in October. However, a state wildlife biologist, while agreeing the animal resembles a wolf, is "very skeptical" the scene was photographed in that part of Maine during the fall, suggesting - because of the vegetation and plant matter - that the locale looks more like Oregon.

Debate continues over making Maine a home for wolves — and whether they’re already here

By Tim Cox on Jan. 02, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.
An angler tries his luck on the West Branch of the Penobscot River near Abol Bridge recently.

Cooler nights mean hotter fishing across the state

By Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on Sept. 20, 2013, at 11:42 a.m.
 Lisa Bates, assistant project coordinator for Unity College bear studies, recounts a helicopter crash she and her pilot survived while looking for bears that occurred on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Bear researcher looking toward future after helicopter crash

By John Holyoke on July 12, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.

Helicopter crash happened during Unity College bear research

on July 05, 2013, at 2:55 p.m.

Bass illegally introduced into Vienna trout pond

on May 02, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.
Phil Corriveau (left) of Fort Kent and Warden Adrian Marquis tend to Paul Lessard on Wednesday morning in St. John Plantation after the 64-year-old snowmobiler was found trapped under his overturned sled in a ditch just off the trail.

Snowmobiler survives 20 cold hours trapped under his sled

By Julia Bayly on April 03, 2013, at 6:26 p.m.
A barred owl from the Birdsacre Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary eyes curious visitors during a presentation that also featured a great horned owl and a saw-whet owl at the Curran farm Saturday.

Maine citizen scientists wrap up 10-year owl study

By Aislinn Sarnacki on April 03, 2013, at 2:20 p.m.
Andrea Reny of Round Pond paddles past Moose Peak Light on Mistake Island. The 72-foot lighthouse marks the entrance to Main Channel Way and Eastern Passage near Beals Island.

Paddle Smart to flood Bangor with presentations and prizes this weekend

By Aislinn Sarnacki on March 26, 2013, at 3:02 p.m.
Mt. Kineo which was acquired through the Land for Maine's Future Program in 1990, rises out of Moosehead Lake in 2007.

The good, bad and pricey parts of using public money for land conservation

By Abigail Curtis on Feb. 23, 2013, at 4:47 p.m.
In an attempt to keep motorists from hitting eagles, state officials have set up a variable message sign newly set near mile 242 on Interstate 95 in Medway, seen here on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

Bald eagle crossing signs up along I-95 as strikes becoming more common

By Nick Sambides Jr. on Feb. 23, 2013, at 1:19 p.m.
Yellow leaves are the dominant color along the Penobscot River in Winterport (left) and Orrington (right) on Oct. 17, 2012. The Penobscot Nation is seeking an injunction to stop Maine game wardens from policing the river and preventing tribal members from engaging in sustenance fishing.

Potential intervenors lined up in Penobscot Nation lawsuit over authority of river

By Dawn Gagnon on Feb. 19, 2013, at 1:13 p.m.
A bull moose stands in an open area of Maine's Wildlife Management District 19. Lee Kantar, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, performed a moose survey by helicopter Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 2013.

Helicopter surveys bolster moose research effort

By John Holyoke on Jan. 31, 2013, at 3:20 p.m.
Ranger Chris Silsbee checking the ice on Telos Lake in January 2013.

Ice conditions improving, caution still urged

By John Holyoke on Jan. 25, 2013, at 6:35 a.m.
Paul Firminger holds an elver in his hand at South Shore Trading Co., an elver buying station, in Portland, in May 2012.

Tribes, state at odds over how to regulate lucrative elver fishery

By Nick McCrea on Jan. 18, 2013, at 7:49 p.m.

New fishing regulations approved by inland fisheries and wildlife council

By Terry Karkos on Jan. 07, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
An adult great blue heron perches beside at least one nestling (others could be hunkered down) at a colony in Kennebec County.

Maine working to save great blue heron colonies

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Dec. 05, 2012, at 1:56 p.m.
Piping plovers are among the birds that can be most susceptible to weather events like Hurricane Sandy.

Maine wildlife weathers Hurricane Sandy

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Oct. 31, 2012, at 11:33 a.m.
Sen. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, speaks during a debate on bond issues during a special session in July 2005 at the State House in Augusta.

Irving lawyer suggests unusual settlement of John Martin’s store bankruptcy

By Judy Harrison on Oct. 30, 2012, at 5:50 p.m.