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PORTLAND, Maine - Several Maine hunting seasons for birds and small game animals are entering their final two weeks.

The seasons for ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail and pheasant all end for the year on Dec. 31. That is also the final day for hunting gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks and opossums.

The grouse and quail seasons include daily limits of four. The pheasant season is limit to two per day.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - Solar energy expansion in Maine continues to lag behind the rest of the country, despite a 25 percent increase in sales, and a decline in the cost of installation.

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SCARBOROUGH,  Maine - The Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count is underway. It's an annual tradition going back more than 100 years, but the findings could bring new and important information.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's season for hunting coyotes at night is about to begin.

The coyote night hunt runs from Monday until Aug. 31, 2015. It is legal to hunt coyotes from a half hour after sunset until a half hour before sunrise during the night hunting season. Hunting coyotes on Sundays is not allowed as the hunt is closed from midnight Saturdays to 12:01 a.m. on Mondays.

There is also a daytime hunting season for coyotes which is year round. Neither season is subject to a bag limit.

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State wildlife officials have temporarily banned the use of lethal traps in parts of the state where Canadian lynx are common.

Lynx are a threatened species under the federal Endangered Species Act.

James Connolly, of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, says the emergency ban became necessary after two lynx were killed in traps in northern Maine in recent weeks.