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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced new rules that dramatically scale back protections for wetlands and streams.

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire's Fish and Game Department says that a coyote that was strangled by a man after attacking his child had rabies, and that it may not be the only one.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press/file

JACKMAN, Maine - Maine's big game hunting seasons are months away, but the state is starting the process of accepting applications for the moose hunt.

Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's smelts, a small fish beloved by ice fishermen, appear to be continuing a rebound in population after years of decline.

UMaine Signs Deal To Breed Fish For $110M Fish Farm Planned In Jonesport

Jan 17, 2020
Courtesy Kingfish Zeeland / via Bangor Daily News

A Dutch aquaculture firm that plans to build a $110 million land-based fish farm in Jonesport has reached an agreement with the University of Maine to lease space at the school’s aquaculture incubator to breed and hatch fish that the company then will grow to market size.

A morning snowstorm has made for slick roads and a slow morning commute in parts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Authorities are seeking the public's help as they investigate the shooting of a bald eagle found Sunday in the western Maine town of Peru.

It felt more like spring than winter around northern New England on Saturday with record high temperatures set around the region.

Major Winter Storm To Hit Maine With Snow, Sleet And Ice

Jan 11, 2020
Natalie Williams / BDN

A major winter storm will bring rain, snow, sleet and ice into the entire state overnight Saturday and much of the day Sunday after record high temperatures were set Saturday afternoon in Portland and Bangor, according to the National Weather Service.

Fred Bever / Maine Public File

Climate-driven change in the Gulf of Maine is raising new threats that "red tides" will become more frequent and prolonged. But at the same time, powerful new data collection techniques and artificial intelligence are providing more precise ways to predict where and when toxic algae will bloom. One of those new machine learning prediction models has been developed by a former intern at Bigelow Labs in East Boothbay.

Caitlin Troutman / Maine Public File

Maine is facing a weekend of weather that could bring record high winter temperatures followed by an ice storm. WCSH-TV reports the state is likely to see temperatures over 50 degrees on Saturday. But temperatures are expected to plummet on Saturday night, and precipitation and freezing temperatures are likely to follow on Sunday. WCSH-TV reports the storm isn't likely to be as severe as the legendary 1998 ice storm, but power outages and travel problems are possible.

FWC / NOAA Fisheries Service

A newborn North Atlantic right whale has been injured by an apparent ship-strike. The animal — one of about 400 left on the planet — was spotted off the coast of Georgia.

Michael Dwyer / Associated Press/file

Representatives of Maine's lobster industry are taking issue with the state’s proposal to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale from entanglements in their gear.

Pat Wellenbach / Associated Press/file

Maine Audubon says its annual loon count shows that the birds’ population in the state appears strong and steady at about 3,200 adults and 372 chicks, but is down slightly from the year before.

Amy James/Center for Coastal Studies/NOAA permit 19315-1 / via Associated Press

Conservationists say a third right whale calf has been spotted off the southeastern United States, giving them hope for the jeopardized species this winter.

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