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.
AUGUSTA | The man overseeing the proposed Interstate 395-Route 9 connector announced last week that the project is not on the Maine Department of Transportation’s work plan for the next three years, a delay one local official said will provide opponents time to kill the controversial plan. The DOT’s …
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.
Are there wolves in Maine? While most wildlife experts agree that Maine would be a great place for wolves because it has abundant habitat to support them, they say there is no resident population of breeding wolves here. But a group that advocates for the natural recovery of wolves in …
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.
Bald eagles used to be an endangered species. Now they are numerous enough that state officials are working to keep them from becoming road kill. The confluence of the Penobscot River, Interstate 95 and Route 11 and the thick woods near them make a seven-mile stretch between Medway and Sherman …
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.
METINIC ISLAND | Brian Benedict and Michael Langlois boarded their boat Tuesday despite the warnings — after all, they must feed the interns. They help the interns and the interns help migratory seabirds on the island. “They’re talking about serious storms — hail, high winds. There may be tornado …
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Three species of turtles in Maine petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection

By Dylan Martin on July 11, 2012, at 7:47 p.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Three species of turtles in Maine are among the 53 species of reptiles and amphibians the Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to safeguard under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. The nonprofit organization filed the 450-page petition Wednesday — what it’s calling …

Officials investigating oversize salmon catch reportedly shared on Facebook

By Tom Walsh on Feb. 15, 2012, at 12:53 p.m.
MACHIAS | If you’re going to poach North Atlantic salmon, it’s probably wise not to boast about it on Facebook. The Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are jointly investigating a report that an oversize salmon was illegally taken by an ice fisherman on Second …
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.
EAST MACHIAS | When it comes to restoring Atlantic salmon habitats, apparently size matters. That’s among the lessons learned by the Downeast Salmon Federation during three days of consulting this week with Peter Gray, 70, a Scotsman who is a world expert on restoring wild salmon populations to coastal …
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.
As winter approaches and many animals prepare to enter hibernation, biologists in Maine and throughout the Northeast are gearing up once again to monitor for a bat-killing fungus that scientists fear could wipe out some bat species in the region. Since 2006, biologists have watched with alarm as white-nose syndrome …
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.
MACHIAS | Late each winter, elver nets appear in the Machias River, as they do in scores of Maine rivers. Harvesters capture the eels while they are in the juvenile stage and sell them to Asian brokers, who then grow the eels in captivity to adult size and sell …

Loggerhead sea turtles remain threatened on East Coast

The Associated Press on Sept. 16, 2011, at 4:06 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS — U.S. agencies say loggerhead turtles found off the West Coast are in danger of extinction, but those along the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico remain threatened rather than endangered. The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must now look at …

Necropsy to be performed on Conn. mountain lion

The Associated Press on June 22, 2011, at 9:05 p.m.
BURLINGTON, Conn. — Wildlife experts are hoping that a necropsy on a mountain lion will help unravel the mystery of how the big cat ended up roaming the suburbs of Connecticut. Experts from the state Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are set to perform …

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

By Judy Harrison on June 17, 2011, at 3:43 p.m.
BANGOR | A man from the Milltown section of Calais pleaded guilty Friday to trespassing on the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge by using a spur road through the federally owned preserve in Washington County without permission. Philip L. Clark, 60, agreed to pay a $300 fine and donate $1,000 …
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.
AUGUSTA | 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. …
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.
A recently released study that concluded fewer than 10 birds die yearly from the three wind turbines on this Maine island paints too rosey a picture, according to biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “We concluded that this project would represent a ‘substantial risk’ to …

NH agreement reached to preserve endangered rabbit

The Associated Press on April 22, 2011, at 10:54 a.m.
CONCORD, N.H. — Just in time for Easter, an agreement has been reached between New Hampshire and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore habitat for the endangered New England cottontail. The range of the species has declined by 86 percent during the last 50 years because of habitat …

Judge blocks deal on protections for wolves

The Associated Press on April 10, 2011, at 6:12 a.m.
BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge has blocked a proposal to lift the endangered species protections for wolves in Montana and Idaho that had been hammered out by U.S. wildlife officials and conservation groups. The plan could have led to public hunting of some 1,300 wolves in the two states. …