AUGUSTA, Maine — A northern Maine legislator is asking for the state’s OK to trap more coyotes to try to restore the dwindling deer population in that part of the state.
Republican Rep. Peter Edgecomb of Caribou presented Gov. John Baldacci with petitions signed by 4,000 people. The signers include mostly residents of Aroostook County, including guides, trappers and hunting camp operators.
The petitions call for the fish and game department to allow predator management that could reactivate a winter coyote snaring program. Lynx, which are listed as threatened in Maine under the Endangered Species Act, cover much of the area in northern Maine.
The governor says he’ll make sure the game commissioner receives the petitions.