Feeding Wildlife to Be Outlawed?
A bill under consideration in Augusta would prohibit "intentionally" feeding wild turkeys or deer, and impose fines of up to $1,000.
Raymond Rodrigue has been feeding wild turkeys on his property in Augusta for a decade and enjoying how the resident hens bring their babies to the house each year.The bill would also make criminals of the good people of Lincoln Plantation who've been feeding the local deer for 40 or 50 years.
So Rodrigue was unhappy to learn about a bill before the Legislature that would impose fines on him for indulging in his pastime or for feeding deer. He spoke against the bill, submitted by Rep. Scott Lansley, R-Sabattus, during a public hearing at the State House on Tuesday.
"I don't see where there's a problem having these birds around," Rodrigue told the Legislature's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. "You'll make law-abiding people criminals." [Link]