Fabulous ocean views at Campobello Island

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 Our recent visit to Campobello and Lubec included fabulous views. I could not stop taking photos. Here are a few of my favorites, including this photo of a sunset enjoyed from the deck of our cabin at Island Chalet on Campobello.

Campobello is loaded with colorful lupins.


Linda enjoying a book and the view from a perch above a remote beach in the international park on Campobello.


Ocean views from our cabin at Island Chalet, including Lubec seen from Campobello.






Boa Constrictors slither freely in Maine

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 Imagine finding a 5-foot boa constrictor on your porch. That’s what happened to a Biddeford resident last week.

You might be surprised to know that anyone can possess a boa constrictor without a permit, nor do they have to let their neighbors or anyone else know when their snake escapes.

I tried to change that with a bill sponsored at my request by Senator Scott Cyrway, but DIF&W opposed the bill and it was reduced to a simple hike in fines for those who don’t get permits for exotic animals that require a permit or who fail to notify the Maine Warden Service if that animal gets loose.

Unfortunately, there are thousands of exotic animals that can be possessed without permits. And the owners of those animals don’t have to let anyone know when their animals get loose.

Lots of Fishing Rule Changes Proposed

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The list of proposed changes in fishing rules is lengthy, and you should check it out to see if changes are proposed on your favorite waters.

You can access a list of the proposed changes here.

You also have a chance to comment on the changes. The following public hearings on the proposed changes will be held:

Something in the Water by Peter Scott

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 Something in the Water turned out to be Nazi U-boats, and the effort by these remote Maine islanders to protect themselves and others resulted in one of the best novels I’ve read in years.

Author Peter Scott gives us both history and suspense, with very realistic characters, lots of emotion, and enemies both near and far. I loved the main character, Amos Coombs, who reminded me of some old lobstermen that I have known in my lifetime.

Down East Books did us a real favor in publishing Something in the Water. I am also grateful to my local librarian, Mary Ann Libby, for recommending the book to me.

Sweden will kill 90,000 moose in October

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 Apparently Sweden is the place to go if you want to shoot a moose. In October, Swedes will kill 90,000 moose, from their herd of more than 400,000. And farmers in Sweden are demanding that hunters kill more moose!

Here’s the story, with thanks to Ken Durkee of Charleston, Maine for sharing this story with me, along with the accompanying video of a Swedish moose hunt.

And here’s the very interesting and entertaining video.

Wolves in Maine bring murder and mayhem

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 When wolves show up in Maine’s north woods, landowners and others launch a major, but secretive, effort to kill them.

And that’s just part of the complex plot in Sandra Neily’s novel, Deadly Trespass.   I first got to know Sandy many years ago when she worked for one of our state’s major environmental groups. She’s had a lifelong passion for conservation, environmental protection, and our native wildlife.

That passion – and her strong views about everything from clearcuts to devious politicians – comes through loud and clear in this novel. In fact, I often saw Sandy in the main character Cassandra, who early in the novel finds her best friend Shannon crushed under a tree.

Sandy has a real talent for developing her characters, and the dialogue keeps the story moving in a very entertaining way.

Good news! Fewer moose mean fewer car collisions

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 While many of us are sad and frustrated by the terrible toll that ticks are taking on Maine’s moose, there is one good side effect: fewer moose-motor vehicle collisions.

A Portland Press Herald news story by Deirdre Fleming recently reported that collisions with moose are down 55 percent in the last 10 years. And that led DIF&W this year to eliminate moose hunting permits in three coastal WMDs, where the agency was allowing some hunting to be done to reduce motor vehicle collisions. In Waldo, Lincoln, and Knox counties moose-vehicle collisions went from 16 in 2007 to just one last year.

Deirdre reported that moose-vehicle collisions dropped from 646 in 2007 to 289 last year, and fatalities went from 5 in 2007 to no more than one in each of the past four years.

I can remember fishing in the Rangeley region in the spring, when driving home I’d see as many as 40 moose alongside the road. These days the sighting of one moose is a cause for celebration.

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