Monday, 16 July 2018 15:38

Despite rough winter, Maine's deer population sees dramatic increase

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STATEWIDE - Despite what was called a fairly severe winter last year, the population of Maine's deer herd rose dramatically.

To keep the numbers under control, the Maine Warden Service is increasing the number of antlerless deer permits it will issue by nearly 15,000.

 

"In central Maine, we're seeing two to three lambs with a doe. And that's a sign that the numbers of deer are doing well. And if the populations get too high, then chronic disease will come in and decimate our herd," Warden Rick Ouellette of the Maine Warden Service said.

 

With the increase in the deer population, Ouellette said, motorists need to be more alert to deer wandering onto the roads. He said that is especially true i. n the early morning and evening hours.