MDIFW seeks public input on management of Maine furbearers

Nov 15, 2019

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking public input on the management of Maine’s furbearers at public meetings and on an online forum.

Maine’s furbearers include mammals such as coyote, red and gray fox, bobcat, fisher, marten, raccoon, skunk, short and long-tailed weasels, mink, otter, beaver, muskrat, and opossum. The meetings and the online forum are designed to gather ideas and information from the public that will help shape management of those species over the next 15 years.

Starting Nov. 7, residents will be able to access the online forum website and leave comments and suggestions at mainefurbearerforum.org/. The website will stay live until Dec. 7, at which point comments will be reviewed. Residents are encouraged to log onto the website during the month of November to submit responses to prepared questions as well as interact with one another in an exchange of opinions and ideas.

The locations of the furbearer management public meetings are: Portland: Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.; Fireside Inn and Suites 81 Riverside St.; Orono: Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m; Black Bear Inn, 4 Godfrey Drive; Augusta: Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.; Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive and Presque Isle: Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m.; Northeastland Hotel, 436 Maine St.

For more information about the research study, contact Nate Webb, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, at nathan.webb@maine.gov.

 

 

Comments (1)
Posted by: claire perry | Nov 22, 2019 09:57

If you, (like me)...do not support the trapping of our fur-bearing wildlife, then THIS is something that WILL have a significant impact.  Holding up protest signs is okay...but having a voice on record, that our IF&W Dept. is beholding to consider in its new,2020 Fur-bearer Management Plan is world's more significant !

I encourage lovers of our wildlife to go to their site and express your concerns on ALL levels of our current "wildlife management laws"....for all species that are hunted or trapped.

My biggest concern is about our Eastern Coyotes and the lack of knowledge our citizenry has of them. They are the most wrongly maligned animal I can think of....education of them is crucial at this point.  But you can read my comments and those of others when you visit their Survey page. And you can be anonymous if you wish. Do take advantage of this rare opportunity.

https://www.mainefurbearerforum.org/?fbclid=IwAR3gEU7MEpucLhl7sb_zapKaIkblb63JuVTxUp7wGr9EHfFhVEUa4OKoySM



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