Stories about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Interstate 395-Route 9 connector won’t be built in the next 3 years

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Jan. 21, 2014, at 7:02 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.
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.
David Bridges, 20, of Augusta, held a guillemot chick that he "grubbed" from its rock tunnel home on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 on Metinic Island. Half of the 300-acre island is a bird refuge where Bridges and another intern for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service monitor and protect seabird populations.

Alone on a Maine island: Interns spend summers helping vulnerable birds survive

By Heather Steeves on July 18, 2012, at 5:46 p.m.
Blandings Turtle

Three species of turtles in Maine petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection

By Dylan Martin on July 11, 2012, at 7:47 p.m.

Officials investigating oversize salmon catch reportedly shared on Facebook

By Tom Walsh on Feb. 15, 2012, at 12:53 p.m.
Salmon smolts are hosed from a tanker truck into a stretch of the Penobscot River in Bradley in May 2006.

Downeast Salmon Federation imports restocking advice from afar

By Tom Walsh on Dec. 08, 2011, at 7:15 p.m.
A little brown bat with white-nose syndrome.

Prognosis for bats ‘grim’ as researchers in Maine, Northeast study killer fungus

By Kevin Miller on Oct. 08, 2011, at 6:57 p.m.
In this undated image provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Andy Plauck, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, holds an American eel taken from the Osage River in Missouri. The Obama administration is taking steps to extend federal protections to hundreds of animals and plants, including the American eel, across the country, compelled by a pair of recent legal settlements that targeted species mired in bureaucratic limbo even as they inch toward potential extinction.

American eel considered for endangered species status

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Oct. 04, 2011, at 4:36 p.m.

Loggerhead sea turtles remain threatened on East Coast

The Associated Press on Sept. 16, 2011, at 4:06 p.m.

Necropsy to be performed on Conn. mountain lion

The Associated Press on June 22, 2011, at 9:05 p.m.

Calais man pleads guilty to trespassing on Moosehorn by using spur road

By Judy Harrison on June 17, 2011, at 3:43 p.m.
A gray wolf is shown in this undated file photo. A federal proposal to remove wolves in Midwestern states from the Endangered Species Act is causing alarm in Maine among wildlife advocates who fear the delisting also could end legal protections for wolves in the Northeast — if they exist, that is. Earlier this spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that gray wolf populations in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and other Great Lakes states had rebounded to the point where the animals may no longer merit federal protection.

Protection of wolves in Maine debated

By Kevin Miller on June 08, 2011, at 10:30 p.m.
Island residents including Patrick Trainor (lower right) and his dog Kaiko gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the three wind turbines of Fox Islands Wind on Vinalhaven on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009. "It's pretty terrific," said Trainor of the trio of turbines, which are expected to generate enough electricity to power both Vinalhaven and North Haven islands. The venture is the largest community-owned wind project on the East Coast.

National agency questions how many birds die near Vinalhaven turbines

By Heather Steeves on May 11, 2011, at 8:10 p.m.

NH agreement reached to preserve endangered rabbit

The Associated Press on April 22, 2011, at 10:54 a.m.

Judge blocks deal on protections for wolves

The Associated Press on April 10, 2011, at 6:12 a.m.