Why kill the fish?

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

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Hmmmm... would I rather land

Hmmmm... would I rather land a bass or an itty bitty trout? Sounds like a waste of time and money for an inferior fish.

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That's all I do is bass fish, but trout are native and bass aren't.  That's just the facts. 

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Just saying it's no reason

Just saying it's no reason for a mass kill. There are plenty of land species that belong here and some that do not. It seems like a waste of money and effort for a little pond.

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What is the writer saying,

What is the writer saying, Maine shouldn't have a State biologist?  Maine waste money on a lot of things but having one biologist on board isn't one of them.

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It's pretty simple really. 

It's pretty simple really.  The trout are supposed to be in the pond and the bass aren't.  Are you saying Maine should only correct biological problems that are easily seen?  Out of sight out of mind I guess.

Now since Maine takes the hunting and fishing license fees for the general fund there's no way to tell if license fees pay for these situations, but anyone that wants to fish in Maine dishes out $20.00 +/- for the right to do so.  Not going to look it up but if there are 200,000 fishing licenses sold that's $8 million.


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