With tremendous budget problems facing the state of Maine this year, a top priority should not be the poisoning of the fish in the waters of remote C-Pond. The state says it’s trying to protect the wild trout from the bass. More than $100,000 has been spent already.
State biologist Dave Boucher, who is paid $75,000 in salary and benefits, spends a lot of time contemplating the fate of those poor fish. He claims much of the money spent has been private and federal grants and matching funds from a undisclosed source. And, yes, his salary is paid by the state.
One private logging road goes out to C-Pond. There is a gate 2 miles from the pond. Three waterfront camp lease owners have keys to the gate.
The public? If you're really strong, you could walk the 2 miles carrying a canoe. You could fish from the shore at the public area, if you could navigate your way through the thick underbrush, throw your lure into the water between the alders, and don’t mind catching minnows, the only fish that swim near the shallow beach.
If they're trying to save the precious wild trout, why kill them? And if the public has no access, why spend our tax dollars to maintain the quality of fishing in this pond?
There’s a public hearing on the “reclamation” wildlife killing at the Andover Town Hall, 6:30 p.m. on March 10. I hope many will attend and ask lots of questions.
Brenda Moore Stickney, Andover