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Canadian Study Documents the Ability of Large Carnivores to Cross the St. Lawrence River


A recent study done by Canadian researchers documented the ability of Canada lynx to cross the St. Lawrence River from north to south and vice versa. Genetic analyses of 558 lynx pelts from Newfoundland, Labrador, Quebec north and south of the St. Lawrence River , and New Brunswick found three genetic clusters of lynx.  They are located in New Brunswick and Quebec south of the St. Lawrence River (Maine is part of this cluster), Labrador and Quebec north of the St. Lawrence River, and Newfoundland.  Despite the genetic clustering and relatively little genetic mixing between the three clusters, the analyses documented that at least nineteen adult lynx had moved from one cluster to another by crossing the St. Lawrence River. Read the rest of this entry »

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Proposes to Exclude the Gray Wolf from the 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan


The Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) 2005 Wildlife Conservation Strategy listed the gray wolf as a Priority 2 species with occasional animals in the state but no known breeding populations. The two highest program components (Super Strategies) listed for the gray wolf were surveys/monitoring and education/outreach. To our knowledge MDIFW implemented neither component for gray wolves. Now MDIFW proposes to exclude the gray wolf from the 2015 State Wildlife Action Plan altogether because they believe it to be extirpated in the state. MDIFW is receiving public comments on their 2015 Plan during a 30 day public comment period that commenced on July 13, 2015. The DRAFT Plan can be found here: Comments can be sent by email to: Read the rest of this entry »

MWC Testifies in Opposition to Sunday Hunting for Coyotes

Dead Coyotes after a Hunt

On April 7, 2015, MWC president John Glowa testified before the Maine Legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee in opposition of L.D. 691-An Act to Allow Sunday Hunting for Coyotes in Northern Maine.  The committee disregarded our testimony that, in fact, Maine’s “coyotes” cannot legally be hunted or trapped because it is not a coyote, but is rather by statutory definition, a wolf hybrid.  There is no legal definition for “coyote” in Maine statutes.  The supporters of the legislation maligned Maine’s “coyotes” and provided no scientific evidence to support killing these animals seven days a week, instead of the six days a week currently allowed.  Our testimony is shown below. Read the rest of this entry »