Did you know the Maine Wildlife Park is owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife? Be sure to stop in for a photo opp at the life size logo during your next visit to the park and tag @mefishwildlife and @mainewildlifepark for a chance to sun some fun logo swag! 👌🏼
Corporal Michelle Merrifield recently completed a successful and productive 25 year career with the Maine Warden Service. Congratulations, Michelle! Read more on the blog (link in profile)! #allinforme #keeperofme #mainewardenservice
Game wardens are patrolling Maine’s waterways in full force this weekend! Enjoy your time on the water and boat responsibly. #NeverBUI #OperationDryWater #SafeBoating
Interested in a career as a Maine Game Warden? Head over to mainegamewarden.com to learn more!
Maggie the moose came to the Maine Wildlife Park a year ago this month as a small moose calf. Happy Birthday, Maggie! Planning a trip to the park this summer? Be sure to follow the @mainewildlifepark on Instagram and share your adventure! #mainewildlifepark
The Maine Moose Permit Lottery is this Saturday, June 8 at Cabela’s in Scarborough. We will be announcing permit winners at 2pm. Full results will be available online by 6pm at mefishwildlife.com
Free Fishing Weekend is on deck! On Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, anyone may fish for free without a license on Maine's waterways, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked. All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply. Free fishing weekend is open to both residents and non-residents. #FishME Remember, stay safe on Maine's waterways and always wear a properly fitted lifejacket (make make sure your friends and family do to)! #safeboating Need to review the Maine fishing laws? Visit mefishwildlife.com/fishinglaws Looking for a great place to fish? Check out the Maine Fishing Guide at mefishwildlife.com/maine-fishing-guide
Game Wardens joined law enforcement from across the state earlier today to honor Maine's fallen officers at the Law Enforcement Officer Memorial in Augusta in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. The name of Somerset Deputy Eugene Cole, shot and killed in Norridgewock in April of 2018, was added to the wall. Cole is the 86th name on the memorial. Photo Credit: Emily MacCabe/MDIFW #NationalPoliceWeek #PoliceWeek
Fishing on your mind? Stocking is underway in areas of Maine where conditions allow! Visit mefishwildlife.com to see the current stocking report! #FishME #FishingInMaine #keeperofme #mefishwildlife
We know you’re anxious to get out and ride the trails, and we know why! Maine has some really excellent ATV riding! BUT, the trails in your area may not be ready yet! Conditions around the state are varied and the decision to open trails is managed by the property owner and/or the club or organization who maintains the trail system. If you see a red sign with a date indicating trail aren’t open yet- stay off! This ensures that damage doesn’t occur and landowners continue to allow access for future riding. Be safe, have respect and follow the laws!
Natural foods are scarce this time of year often causing bears and other wildlife to venture into backyards and fields in search of easily accessible options like bird feeders, garbage, grills and pet foods.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While hundreds of conflicts between bears and people are reported each year in Maine, many can be prevented by simply removing or securing common bear attractants. Removing these food sources will also limit other unwanted backyard visitors like skunks and racoons! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #blackbear #bearconflicts #bebearwise #maine #maineoutdoors #mainewildlie #keeperofme #avoidbearconflicts #mefishwildlife
Smelt dipping in Maine is a springtime tradition for many! This video footage shows some busy spawning rainbow smelt 😊 Curious? Check the link in profile to read more! #FishME #keeperofme
We hope you're out enjoying this beautiful winter weekend in Maine! If your plans include riding the trails, please be sure to make safety your top priority! Be aware of other riders, wildlife or other hazards on the trail. Keep current trail conditions in mind and slow down and ride at a reasonable and prudent speed. Know your machine and don't ride beyond your own skill or experience. If you must cross a body of water, use extreme caution. NEVER drink and ride! Enjoy your time in the Maine outdoors and stay safe!
Who is enjoying free fishing weekend? Tag your fishing adventure with #FishME for a chance to win a MDIFW logo swag bag! #WinterInMaine
The key to keeping land open for backcountry riding depends on you! Snowmobilers must respect private land when backcountry riding. We’ve already seen land and trails shut down to irresponsible use. Seek permission to ride, never damage newly planted trees and never litter! The future of land access and snowmobiling depends on you. Ride responsibly!
We're excited to announce Game Warden Tony Gray was promoted this week to the position of Corporal to lead the Maine Warden Service Dive Team. Corporal Gray has been a Maine Game Warden working in the South Paris district for 13 years and a member of the Maine Warden Service Dive Team for 9 years. He has served as a Field Training Officer and held the position of cadre at the Advanced Game Warden Training School in 2018. Corporal Gray served as a police officer with Auburn Police Department for nearly two years before becoming a Maine Game Warden. The Maine Warden Service Dive Team averages ten recovery dive operations annually and the team currently has seven members. Corporal Gray’s new position involves the management, deployment and training for the team’s members as well as managing dive efforts at MDIFW hatcheries. These duties are critically important regarding Maine’s water-related emergencies and fishery resources. Congratulations, Corporal Gray! #allinforme #keeperofme
Free Fishing Weekend is on deck! On Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17, anyone may fish for free without a license on Maine's waterways, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked. All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply. Free fishing weekend is open to both residents and non-residents. Remember, always stay safe when venturing out onto Maine's frozen waterways. Use a chisel or auger to test ice thickness in several places before you step out. Remember that ice seldom freezes uniformly and conditions are always changing and can vary from one location to the next. Ice that forms over flowing water and currents, especially near streams, bridges and culverts, can be particularly dangerous. Need to review the Maine fishing laws? Visit mefishwildlife.com/fishing laws Looking for a great place to fish? Check out the Maine Fishing Guide at mefishwildlife.com/maine-fishing-guide #fishme
Riders should NEVER chase or pursue wild animals that often frequent trails. Any unnecessary physical activity can be dangerous or even deadly to an already stressed animal. Always maintain as much distance as possible until they step off the trail and out of the way so that you can pass safely. Help protect the things you love! #mainewildlife #keeperofme
Join us in welcoming @judyacamuso into her new role as (the first woman) Commissioner of @mefishwildlife! 🙌🏼 Judy has over 20 years' experience with MDIFW and Maine Audubon, and has lead several statewide natural resource initiatives as wildlife director for MDIFW. In 2018, Camuso was named one of Maine Magazine's 50 Mainer's of Maine and, in 2015, she received MDIFW's Employee of the Year, Governor's Award. She is a licensed bird bander and an avid birder, as well as a hunter, who canoes, hikes and bikes.
Did you know that Maine has 18 different species of bumble bees? Bumble bees are important pollinators of both wild and cultivated flowering plants, including many fruits, vegetables, and valuable crops like blueberries, apples, and tomatoes. To inform conservation of this essential group of native insects, MDIFW oversees the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas - a 5-year citizen science survey of bumble bees statewide. Check out the link in our profile to learn more! (Photo by Leif Richardson) #wildlifewednesday #keeperofme