Media Advisory: Phone Press Conference on Bat Disease, White-Nose Syndrome, Today at 11 a.m.

###MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE 284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333 www.mefishwildlife.com Public: Main Number: (207) 287-8000 *Media: For more information, call IF&W Spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte at (207) 592-1164* ####M E D I A A D V I S O R Y **Bat Disease, White-Nose Syndrome, Confirmed in Maine; Not Harmful to Humans, but Deadly to Bats** AUGUSTA, Maine – The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has received confirmation that white-nose syndrome, a disease that has killed more than one million bats in eastern North America, now is in Maine. Wildlife biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be available for a media phone press conference at 11 a.m.

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Smelts

By Kirby Holcombe “They came in an immense army, actually filling the streams here and there with a dense, struggling mass, which the natives captured by the bushel and by the barrel in nets, buckets, and pails.” This passage is from “CARRIE STEVENS” by Graydon and Leslie Hilyard, 2000. Sounds like a description of a smelt run, but these were blue -back trout in the early 1800’s. The blue- back trout was a favorite food of the brook trout in the Rangeley Lakes, and many feel they were the reason for the immense brook trout in our region.

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MDIF&W: Preliminary 2010 Deer Harvest Numbers Show Increase

####MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE 284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333 www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000 *MEDIA: For more information, contact IF&W spokesperson Deborah Turcotte at (207) 287-6008 or (207) 592-1164* For Immediate Release March 4, 2011 AUGUSTA, Maine – Preliminary deer harvest numbers show an increase of 11 percent from the 2009 harvest with an initial tally of 20,063 deer taken by hunters. In 2009, 18,092 deer were harvested. “The winter of 2010 ranked as one of the mildest winters in the past 60 years, a stark contrast to the terrible back-to-back winters of 2008 and 2009,” according to MDIF&W Deer Biologist Lee Kantar

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2011 Maine Moose Permit Lottery Applications Now Available Online! Fill Out Yours Today!

##MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE 284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333 [www.mefishwildlife.com]( http://www.mefishwildlife.com ) Main Number: (207) 287-8000 *Media: For more information, call IF&W Spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte…

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