State’s 15-year game-management plan to be released...

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State’s 15-year game-management plan to be released...

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:54 am

State’s 15-year game-management plan to be released in the next week
After three years of work, the plan that involved a statewide survey and input from the public gives biologists a new directive for managing deer, moose, bear and wild turkey populations.

... Seventy-five percent of survey respondents said they knew a lot about deer, but only half said they knew much about moose or wild turkey, and 44 percent said they had knowledge of black bears.

“Some people didn’t know what kind of bear we had in Maine,” said Belgrade hunter Erin Merrill, a member of the bear subcommittee.

As part of the new plan, Mainers can expect to see more black bear hunted in future years as the state works to thin a growing population, either through expanded hunting opportunities or recruiting more hunters. There will be more wild turkeys hunted as state biologists try to minimize human conflicts with the birds. They also can expect to see moose permits increase as state biologists try to maintain a healthy herd in the face of winter tick infestation; and they can expect to hear state biologists talk less about how many deer there are in Maine and more about how healthy the deer herd appears to be. ... next-week/
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