A mother bear and her three yearling cubs try to get to a suet feeder at an Orono home this spring. The bears have Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife ear tags and are thought to be the same bears that have been knocking over trash cans in Orono.

Maine bear management program releases data, says baiting, trapping and hounding necessary to control bear population

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 10, 2014, at 7:12 a.m.
With the referendum to ban bear baiting, trapping and hounding planned for the Nov. 4 ballot, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is trying to educate the public about the state’s current bear management program and bear hunting practices. In a news release Wednesday, the department said that …

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie…Camp Style

on July 10, 2014, at 6:32 a.m.
  We were back at it..camp pie was our desert while spending the weekend..the Arthur weekend..at Spencer Pond Cabins, northeast of Lily Bay, Moosehead Lake.. Last summer we tried our hand at blueberry pie..on the shore in front of our cottage in Gouldsboro.  This year it was strawberry – rhubarb. …
Allagash Falls in a recent photo.

Education video series set to inform, inspire others to visit Allagash Wilderness Waterway

By matthew laroche on July 09, 2014, at 4:05 p.m.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is truly the jewel of Maine’s legendary northwoods. The waterway is a remote 92-mile long river and lake area that is managed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The Allagash is one of the premier canoe trips in the eastern United States. The …
Rose Ross, 17, of Holden, and Justin Landry, 17, of Brewer, stand at the summit of Katahdin on June 27, 2014.

Brewer teen rescues grandfather in Baxter State Park, upset with park policy

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 09, 2014, at 1:39 p.m.
Night had descended on Baxter State Park when Justin Landry, 17, of Brewer, entered the pitch-dark forest and began hiking up Mount Katahdin, lighting the rocks and roots on the trail with a flashlight. He was scared — not of hiking alone in the dark, but of what he might …

Merlin, baby squirrels and eagles, highlights of recent wildlife watch

on July 09, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
A week ago, if someone were to ask me, “What’s a merlin?” I’d probably reply, “A famous wizard.” But they’d probably be referring to the bird — a small falcon that is fairly common to the state of Maine, and which spied for the first time the other day. It was …
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‘Coyote — America’s Songdog’ at the Thompson Free Library

Bangor Daily News on July 09, 2014, at 1:35 p.m.
DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Don’t know much about coyotes, but want to learn about those animals that howl in the night? Conservation biologist Geri Vistein will present “Coyote – America’s Songdog” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Thompson Free Library, 186 E Main St. She has been informing communities about …
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Nighttime Paddle

By Holly Twining on July 09, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road, Holden, Maine For more information: 989-2591; maineaudubon.org/events/nighttime-paddle-3/ Float along the lake shore, as waning day becomes moonlit night. Loons, eagles, and herons may grace your trip. Cost: $5. $5 rental canoe with …

Gulf of Maine Council launches 25th anniversary geocache tour

on July 09, 2014, at 11:36 a.m.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment has developed a geocache tour of the Gulf of Maine watershed, according to a recent press release. The GeoTour — a collection of interesting locations that can be found using a smartphone or GPS device – encourages …
David Richards of Skowhegan survived this accident on July 3 while driving near Monson. The moose ended up inside his Hyundai Accent, but James was up and walking shortly after the crash.

‘Worst moose accident’ ends better than it appeared

By John Holyoke on July 09, 2014, at 11:19 a.m.
MONSON, Maine — Chester Jaynes Annance has responded to all kinds of automobile emergencies during his 20 years working for the family business, Moosehead Towing. But on July 3, he was called to the scene of a car-moose crash on Route 15 in Monson that was unlike anything he’d ever …
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Half Day Sail and Lobster Bake aboard the Schooner Olad

By Aaron Lincoln on July 09, 2014, at 11:08 a.m.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: Schooner Olad, 1 Bayview Street, Camden, Maine For more information: 207-236-2323; maineschooners.com Join us for a lovely afternoon sail around the beautiful Penobscot Bay on Tuesday, July 22nd from 2:30pm to 8:45pm. We will travel through the archipelago of Islesboro …
Hunter Pate poses with a striped bass he caught off his dock on the Penobscot River in Orrington recently. Pate and his brother caught seven stripers during the day.

Word from the Woods: Fish don’t bite if your line’s not in the water

By John Holyoke on July 09, 2014, at 10:43 a.m.
Not too many years ago, you couldn’t drive along the Penobscot in Brewer without seeing signs of anglers who were attempting to catch striped bass. That has changed, and very few folks are even making an effort at catching the nonexistent fish. But what if the fish were in? (They …
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Bear-trapping effort in Orono ends

on July 09, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
With one bear successfully relocated and no other bears visiting two culvert traps that had been deployed in the Orono area, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife removed those traps late last week. Maine Game Warden Jim Fahey said the bears had stopped visiting a Veazie property that …

Commission urges delaying trips on St. Croix River because of high water

By Tim Cox on July 08, 2014, at 6:10 p.m.
CALAIS, Maine — Visitors to the St. Croix River region planning recreational activities on the river should consider delaying their trip because of high water, the St. Croix International Waterway Commission urged Tuesday. Rainfall from Tropical Storm Arthur last weekend is still making its way into the St. Croix River …
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Little Swan Island Paddle

By Dup Crosson on July 08, 2014, at 1:11 p.m.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Richmond Ferry Landing, Richmond Ferry Landing, Richmond, ME For more information: 207-666-1118; fomb.org Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay (FOMB) as we continue our Outside! 2014 series with an evening paddle around Little Swan Island on Wednesday, July 16th from 5:00-7:00pm. …
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Supermoon Paddle at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge

By Gudrun Keszoecze on July 08, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
Thursday, July 10, 2014 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Location: Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, 35 Hudson Road (Gate 3), Alton , Maine For more information: 207-394-2171; hirundomaine.org Supermoon ?! First of three Full-moon Supermoon Paddles. Peak at a very close moon rising above the wetlands and relax after a busy day …
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High school bass tournament comes to Brewer Lake

Bangor Daily News on July 08, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.
Saturday, July 19, 2014 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location: Brewer Lake, Brewer Lake Road, Orrington For more information: 580-765-9031 ORRINGTON, Maine — The 2014 Student Angler Federation Maine High School State Championship will be held at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 19, at Brewer Lake, Brewer Lake Road, Orrington. This is the …
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Scott Shea of Seaspray Kayaking presents the prize for the biggest fish to Ellie Brewer at last year's tournament.

Children’s Kayak Fishing Tournament to be held this weekend

Bangor Daily News on July 08, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Location: Hatch Point on Center Pond, Route 209, Phippsburg PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Kids will have a chance to fish from their kayaks, win prizes and have fun at the Kayak Fishing Tournament to be held Sunday, July 13, at Hatch Point …

1-minute hike: The Bubbles in Acadia National Park

on July 08, 2014, at 10:06 a.m.
Difficulty: Moderate. The trails leading to the tops of North Bubble and South Bubble are relatively short (less than a mile each), but include some steep, rocky sections. A few areas require the use of hands to scramble over boulders. Dogs and children may have trouble hiking in these areas …

1-minute hike: The Bubbles in Acadia National Park

By Aislinn Sarnacki on July 08, 2014, at 9:58 a.m.
BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and hiking buddies Derek and Oreo the dog hike North Bubble and South Bubble in Acadia National Park on July 6, 2014, on Mount Desert Island. South Bubble, home to the famous glacial erratic Bubble Rock, is one of the most popular places to hike in …
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State reduces number of any-deer permits after harsh winter

on July 08, 2014, at 9:49 a.m.
If you’re hoping to score a coveted any-deer permit for this year’s hunting season, you’ll have less of a chance than you did a year ago: The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that just 37,185 of the permits will be up for grabs in the free …
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