Environment and Outdoors

Environment and Outdoors
6:16 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Maine Hunting Seasons for Turkey, Deer, Bears End

PORTLAND, Maine — Several popular Maine hunting seasons are set to end.

Friday is the final day of the year to hunt deer with a bow statewide. A more restricted archery season lasts until Dec. 13.

Halloween also marks the end of the fall wild turkey season. Turkeys of either sex and any age can be hunted, but hunting is restricted to 18 of the state's 29 wildlife management districts.

Friday is also the last day of the year to hunt bears with the use of dogs and traps. The general bear season ends Nov. 29.

Energy East Pipeline
4:39 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Plan to Pipe Tar Sands Oil Near Maine Border Sparks Environmental Concerns

TORONTO - Environmental groups in Maine are speaking out against Canadian energy giant TransCanada, the company behind the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. TransCanada today submitted formal applications to build the largest, most expensive pipeline in North America. Although it would not cross into U.S. territory, some in Maine say the Energy East Pipeline would come close enough to our borders to pose a potential threat to the environment.

 

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Environment and Outdoors
6:25 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Maine's Bear Trapping, Hounding Season Set to End

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's potentially final season for hunting bears using dogs and traps is about to end.

The season for hunting bears via the two methods ends on Friday. Maine residents are voting on a ballot initiative this year that would outlaw both methods along with the use of bait. The election is Nov. 4.

The season for hunting bears with bait ended Sept. 20. That season accounts for most of the state's bear hunt. Hunters can continue to hunt bear without bait, dogs or traps until Nov. 29.

Endangered right whales
4:04 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Whale Protection Rules: Maine Lobstermen Divided Over Whether to Sue

Four North American right whales.
Credit Peter Duley / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Maine lobstermen are considering taking the federal government to court over regulations designed to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. The Maine Lobstering Union has filed a notice of intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service over new and existing rules requiring the modification of lobster gear. The union argues that the rules put fishermen at greater risk of accident and injury, while offering little proven protection for the whale population. But not everyone in Maine's lobstering community thinks a lawsuit is a good idea.

 

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Illegal moose shooting
2:35 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Maine Officials Investigate Illegal Moose Shooting

The spot marked with a red x is where the illegally killed moose was discovered.
Credit Courtesy Maine Warden Service

ROCKWOOD STRIP, Maine - An organization that works closely with the Maine Warden Service to catch game poachers is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to those involved in illegally shooting a female moose to death in northern Maine.

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