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Deadly Seal Virus Spreads Up The Maine Coast - And It Could Affect Your Pets Too

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Bill Trotter / Bangor Daily News

A deadly outbreak of distemper that has killed hundreds of seals in three states is spreading east along the Maine coast, keeping responders busy as they deal with an unusually high number of reports.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press/file

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (DIF&W) announced emergency rules Thursday that are supposed to protect deer and moose herds from chronic wasting disease, which has been found in 25 states and four Canadian provinces, including a deer herd in Quebec.

Fatal Deer Disease Found In Quebec, Raising Threat Of Spread To Maine

Oct 11, 2018
Jim Cole / Associated Press

For more than 20 years, deer biologists across the Northeast have kept a wary eye to the west as chronic wasting disease was found in deer in several states. Late this summer, the disease was found in a single deer at a Quebec deer farm just north of Montreal, again raising the threat that the disease might show up here in Maine for the first time.

Patty Wight / Maine Public

YORK, Maine - Maine environmental officials are considering using composting to manage seal corpses left behind from mass die-offs.

Salwan Georges / Associated Press

In June 2017, Pete Zuck of Belfast began noticing that something was chewing the seeds and winter squash he was storing in a little-used back room at his home.

Stephan Savoia / Maine Public

Maine Department of Marine Resources commissioner Patrick Keliher has sent a letter to NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center, refuting a recent memo which suggests that the lobster industry may be playing a role in the decline of the North Atlantic Right Whale.

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit from a group of fishing associations that challenged the creation of an underwater monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

Robert F. Bukaty / AP Photo

Bald Eagles’ numbers in Maine have increased by 16 percent in the last five years, according to state wildlife biologists.

Jacquelyn Gill

University of Maine climate science professor Jacquelyn Gill knew that the chance to spend 10 days in the Siberian wilderness shooting a documentary about ice age fossils for the Discovery Channel was an opportunity she could not pass up.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — A marine scientist who is studying whether white sharks are becoming more common in Maine waters say he has detected one of the big sharks for the third time in three years.

Lisa Sette / Center for Coastal Studies via AP

Originally published 4:43 p.m. September 25, 2018.

A report by federal scientists says it’s time for a new look at regulations that aim to protect the endangered North American right whale — because they aren’t working and may have made things worse.


The New England Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday to manage Atlantic herring more conservatively.

FALMOUTH, Maine - The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is awarding a half dozen grants to try to expand composting and recycling programs around the state.

The calendar says fall in Maine, and now so does the weather.

Big Changes In Herring Fishery Rules Could Be On The Way

Sep 25, 2018
Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

Federal fishing managers are considering a host of potentially major changes to the fishery for herring.