Maine Gov signs bill to help build Deer Herd

by May 23, 2012Uncategorized

Maine Gov signs bill to help build Deer Herd

Just out in the Bangor Daily

LePage signs bills to rebuild deer herd

Kevin Bennett | BDN

White-tailed deer bound across a field in Orono in October 2010.

By GLENN ADAMS, The Associated Press

Posted May 23, 2012, at 12:08 p.m.

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AUGUSTA, Maine — With hopes of rebuilding a deer herd that’s shrunk in parts of Maine to worrisome levels, Gov. Paul LePage has signed new legislation that implements multipronged strategies laid out in a bill that passed last year.

The new laws, signed Monday by LePage, are aimed principally at two areas: restoring all-important deer yards that help the animals survive Maine’s winters and controlling coyotes where they are the biggest threat to deer.

Wildlife officials say one of the best ways of protecting deer yards is through cooperative working agreements with large timberland owners to leave those areas intact.

The legislation adds $100,000 to the fish and game department’s predator control program. With money left over from this year, the department will have $150,000 to reduce coyotes’ efforts next year.

I sense a follow up with Mr. Woodcock coming up!

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