All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

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.

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]
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.


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