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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's bears have been snooping around barrels of bait for weeks now, and they're soon to find out how all that free food got there in the first place.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has adopted a rule that will limit the use of live fish as bait.

University of Maine

The University of Maine and The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences will use a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to learn more about Maine's aquatic ecosystems.

It's The Height Of Deer Fly And Horse Fly Season - Why They're Such Dreaded Pests

Aug 20, 2019
Courtesy of Howard Russell/via Bangor Daily News

Emerging in full force mid-summer, deer flies and horse flies are among the most intimidating creatures in the Northeast. Their bites are painful, and once they home in on a target, they’re nearly impossible to shake.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - Maine has recently lifted long closures of several shellfish harvest sites due to the potentially fatal biological toxin known as red tide.

BAR HARBOR, Maine - A coastal Maine town wants the cruise ship industry to fund local air quality monitoring.

ORONO, Maine - Nature lovers who encounter fluttering butterflies might also be able to contribute to research about the colorful insects.

Springworks Farm

Maine’s growing season is relatively short, but a group of young farmers has found a way to extend the season with the help of some unlikely farm-hands — fish.

Aquaponics takes place inside greenhouses, where beds of produce grow on top of fish tanks. In Maine, aquaponics pioneers believe the industry could provide sustainable, year-round jobs for a new generation of farmers.

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If you feel as though Maine's summer season has lasted longer in recent years, you're not wrong — at least according to Maine state climatologist Sean Birkel.

David Coffin

The first tornado of Maine's very limited tornado season hit Washington County on Monday, knocking down more than 100 trees.

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Maine’s attorney general has joined more than two dozen states and local governments in a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its plan to roll back clean air protections.

Fred Bever / Maine Public

Angry Maine lobstermen are telling federal fisheries managers they want definitive proof that their gear is entangling endangered North Atlantic right whales. Until then, they say, the feds should back off from proposed rules that could force them to modify their gear and remove half their rope from the water.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's window for deer hunters to apply for a permit is closing this week.

The Trump administration has announced new changes for the Endangered Species Act that environmentalists say will significantly weaken protections for some of the most imperiled species of plants and wildlife.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine - A utility in northern Maine will need to find a new way of disposing of wastewater sludge after tests revealed soil from fields used to spread the sludge are higher than the state threshold for a class of chemicals.