Mainers know a lot about deer. Here’s what that means for the state’s plan to manage the herd.

Editor’s note: This is the first of four stories outlining the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s recently unveiled big game management plan, which includes deer, bear, moose and turkeys.

Mainers love their deer. And according to the draft big game management plan released recently by state wildlife officials, they also say they know plenty about the species that most of the state’s hunters choose to target.

In fact, in a 2016 public consultation conducted in advance of that plan, only 3 percent of Maine residents said they knew nothing about deer, while 75 percent said they either knew a great deal or a moderate amount.

That Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife plan will guide management efforts of four big game species — deer, bear, moose and turkey — over the next 10 years.

And Nathan Bieber, who has served less than a year as the state’s head deer biologist, said the presence of so many deer “experts” simply means that there are plenty of people who want the state’s management efforts to succeed.

The Fiddlehead Focus/St. John Valley Times is pleased to feature content from our sister company, Bangor Daily News. To read the rest of “Mainers know a lot about deer. Here’s what that means for the state’s plan to manage the herd.,” an article by contributing Bangor Daily News staff writer John Holyoke, please follow this link to the BDN online.

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