AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A bill to bolster Maine’s deer population is moving forward in committee, setting the stage for final passage.
Severe winters, attacks by coyotes and human causes including poaching and highway collisions have contributed to a loss of deer that’s especially serious in northern, eastern and western Maine. Rebuilding the deer herd is a priority of Gov. Paul LePage’s administration.
A multi-pronged bill last Wednesday won the strong support of the Legislature’s Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, increasing its chances of passage by the House and Senate.
Supporters say the bill makes the conservation and protection of deer wintering areas a priority in Land for Maine’s Future acquisitions, requires the state game department to set five-year benchmarks for deer population goals and establishes a Predator Control and Deer Habitat Fund.
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