Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is soliciting input on the draft 2020-2030 Furbearer Management Plan. This document represents comprehensive planning, coordination, and public engagement centered around 6 overarching goals:
Maintain healthy and abundant furbearer populations
Maintain sustainable furbearer harvests
Maintain trapping opportunities
Increase public understanding of furbearers and furbearer management
Minimize human-wildlife conflicts
Conservation of other species
The draft plan includes the general introduction to the planning process, public survey results, furbearer management considerations and strategies, and the 4 initial species chapters (beaver, river otter, American mink, and muskrat).
Additional species chapters will be added to the Plan once they are completed and opportunities for public input will again be solicited. Once finalized, this plan will guide the management of Maine’s 16 species of furbearers through 2030.
How to comment
Public input will be accepted on the first draft of the Plan through Friday, October 22 at 11:59 pm.
While we welcome everyone’s input, comments that are specific, constructive, or offer potential solutions are more useful. When applicable, please include the page number associated with any specific comments. All public comments will be summarized and reviewed by the furbearer steering committee and Department staff. A final version will be submitted to the Commissioner of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for approval and adoption.
Learn more about the furbearer planning process at mefishwildlife.com/furbearerplan