MDIF&W: Bat Disease, White-Nose Syndrome, Confirmed in Maine; Not Harmful to Humans, But Deadly to Bats

####MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE 284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333 [www.mefishwildlife.com]( http://www.mefishwildlife.com ) Public: Main Number: (207) 287-8000 *MEDIA: For more information, call MDIF&W Spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte at (207) 592-1164 or USFWS National White-Nose Syndrome Communications Leader Ann Froschauer (413) 253-8356* **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. Until this year, Maine appeared to be insulated from white-nose syndrome while states and provinces outside its borders were not. However, during surveys conducted by MDIF&W biologists this spring, bats at two sites in Oxford County displayed visible signs of white-nose syndrome fungus on their wings and muzzles.

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MDIF&W: Bat Disease, White-Nose Syndrome, Confirmed in Maine; Not Harmful to Humans, But Deadly to Bats

MDIF&W: Tips for Minimizing Nuisance Bears

####MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE 284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333 www.mefishwildlife.com PUBLIC: (207) 287-8000 *Media: For more information, contact IFW Bear Biologist Jennifer Vashon at (207) 941-4238* **CORRECTED VERSION – TO REPLACE PRESS RELEASE SENT EARLIER TODAY** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2011 **MDIF&W: Tips for Minimizing Nuisance Bears** AUGUSTA – This spring, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is strongly encouraging homeowners to take food source and food-odor prevention steps around their properties as ways to deter bears that could become a nuisance or danger. Bears have recently emerged from their dens throughout Maine and are in search of food that is not readily available to them at this time of year

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Cupsuptic Lake Park and Campground under new management

RANGELEY — The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust recently announced that Cupsuptic Campground will reopen this spring as Cupsuptic Lake Park and Campground. Plans are for a Memorial Day weekend opening

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Alpine racers hit Saddleback, Sugarloaf in MARA Spring Series races

WESTERN MAINE – Spring is a busy time for young alpine racers in Western Maine as the season wraps up with numerous races in the state and across New England. read more

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Alpine racers hit Saddleback, Sugarloaf in MARA Spring Series races