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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Coyote Snaring Update
Written by MFOA   
Wednesday, 06 April 2005
Acting upon the recommendations of Maine Attorney General Steven Rowe, the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (DIF&W) has spent the past two years pursuing an “incidental take permit,” a federal document stating that Maine has done everything possible to ensure the safety of protected species and thus, would not be held liable der the Endangered Species Act. Responding to DIF&W’s second effort at writing a permit application, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told state biologists that significant work remained. The USFWS letter criticized the department’s plan as 46 somewhat troubling and appears to be disingenuous,” and requested more scientific evidence of the negative impact that coyotes have on deer populations and that the snaring program works. “The state has offered no support for its contentions that many of the proposed alternatives are unworkable or unwaffanted,” the letter continued. DIF&W’s Ken Elowe said, “common sense and anecdotal information prove that localized coyote control works.” This update appears to be very good news and perhaps another nail in the coffin of this ugly program, but the battle is not over. Letters to the Governor and members of the Committee on IF&W should continue.
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