The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Monthly Review from the Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife



Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Monthly Review

A look back at some of our most notable news!

Moose Mortalities Providing Clues About Moose Survival


In 2014, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) initiated a moose survival study in Wildlife Management District 8 that involves the capture, radio-collaring, and subsequent tracking of these study animals to learn more about their behavior, reproduction, landscape use, and survivability.  The moose study was expanded to include WMD 2 this year, and now includes nearly 150 radio-collared moose. READ MORE

Maine Warden Service: Notes from the Field


Game Wardens throughout Maine have had a busy winter. Learn more about some of the work they are doing in the field. READ MORE

IFW Fisheries Biologists Improve Downeast Fishery

molasses pond

In the fall of 2010, fisheries biologists scientifically sampled Molasses Pond, a 1,252-acre water in Eastbrook, after anglers reported that landlocked salmon were in poor condition and that catch rates for brown trout and salmon was slow.  The results of the netting confirmed angler reports that growth and condition were poor (See Table 1 for comparison of 2-year old salmon). READ MORE

Camp North Woods Planned for Summer 2016


The Department created Camp North Woods to provide opportunities for youth and their families to learn lifelong outdoor skills as well as the importance of sustaining Maine’s natural resources. The camp has also been established to build upon the overwhelming interest by youth who have grown to love the hit TV series on Animal Planet, North Woods Law! Because there are a limited number of spaces at Camp North Woods, a chance lottery will be held on May 9, 2016. The deadline for the lottery is April 29, 2016. READ MORE

Commisioner's Corner


Commissioner Woodcock participated in a number of public events during the month of March, including the 78th Annual Eastern Maine Sportsman's Show, the Sportsman's Forum at the Bucks Mills Rod & Gun Club, the 5th Annual Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo. Additionally he swore-in Sgt Aaron Cross at the IFW Headquarers and addressed the attendees at the Maine Warden Service Annual Awards Banquet and the Annual Maine Wildlife Park Volunteer Banquet.


Maine Wildlife Park Opens April 15!

Maine Wildlife Park Grey Maine

The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray will be opening for the 2016 season on Friday, April 15 (weather permitting). Visit for a current schedule of events!


Upcoming Game Cooking Workshops


Staff from IFW have partnered with SMCC  to offer tasty and informative workshops to learn more about properly preparing game meat and fish. CLICK HERE for upcoming workshops. Additional workshops will be scheduled soon!


Moose Lottery Application Deadline is May 16


There is still time to apply online for the 2016 Maine Moose Permit Lottery! CLICK HERE to apply by May 16, 2016. The drawing will be held on June 11, 2016 at Kittery Trading Post.

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