Part of a Presque Isle Police Department cruiser is seen in this BDN file photo. Credit: BDN file photo

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Schools and businesses that went into lockdown Wednesday after a man was spotted on Edgemont Drive carrying a gun returned to normal when Presque Isle police identified the man as a bird hunter.

The Presque Isle Police Department received a call on Oct. 13 that a man was seen on Edgemont Drive carrying a rifle or shotgun. Though some suspected he may be an errant hunter, as a safety precaution, police called the Presque Isle Middle School and Northern Maine Community College to alert them to the situation.

The schools and some businesses, including Columbia Forest Products, went into a voluntary lockdown.

“Someone heard the call made from the police scanner that someone had been spotted over on Edgemont Drive with a gun. We didn’t make a call from here, but after hearing that the middle school and [Northern Maine Community College] went into lockdown, so did we,” Kevin Paradis, who works at Columbia Forest Products, said.

Police said Wednesday they were patrolling the industrial park area, and on Thursday the department confirmed that the man was a bird hunter, as suspected.

His identity was not released.

David Diminno

David grew up in New York, and moved to Maine to study political science at the University of Maine. In his spare time, he loves hiking, playing tennis and skiing.