*Update* February 3, 2011 – More information about the status of the wolf/dog/hybrid hit and killed in Woodstock, see George Smith’s website.

*Update* February 3, 2011, 4:45 p.m. – I received the below photograph this afternoon of the wolf/dog killed in Woodstock recently.

I have it from a very reliable source that last night along Route 26, south of the Bryant Pond village in Oxford County, that a very large dog-like animal was hit and killed by a vehicle traveling along the highway. State police responded to the kill of what is being described as a wolf, weighing well over 100 pounds.

My source tells me that a veteran hunter/trapper, also on the scene, felt strongly it was a wolf or wolf-hybrid with some age to it. It was reported to me that the animal’s teeth were quite worn and also had hair measuring 4-5 inches in length.

The only injuries that I am aware of from the incident was the death of the wolf.

I am hoping to perhaps get a picture and more information but often times these kinds of incidents have a way of mysteriously disappearing.

This incident comes at a time when Maine Senator Troy Jackson, representing Northern Aroostook County, is introducing a bill to reinstate snaring of coyotes. The bill, LD101 and titled, “An Act To Institute a Snaring Program for Coyotes“, is in “concept draft” stage and actual text of the bill is not yet available.

Snaring of coyotes was outlawed in Maine within critical Canada lynx habitat in 2003. Controversy has surrounded the application of an “Incidental Take Permit” which would allow for the incidental trapping of protected species. That permit has never been issued to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) and it still remains unclear as to the status of that application.

In the meantime, the Maine Wolf Coalition has posted up mostly inaccurate rhetoric about snaring, wolves, coyotes and science in opposition to the snaring bill proposal. Of interest is their claims that passage of a snaring bill in Maine would leave the wolf susceptible to being snared, claiming the wolf as an endangered species.

Officially there are no confirmed packs of wolves or more accurately no population of wolves living in Maine. Recently DNA testing showed that most coyotes in the Northeast are a coyote/wolf hybrid and that is most likely what mostly populates the Maine woods making it next to impossible to officially classify a sustained wolf population.

Contrary to what the Maine Wolf Coalition says, there exists strong scientific evidence that coyotes and coyote/wolf hybrids significantly affect the sustainability of many other wildlife species, not just deer. While that science exists, the MDIFW refuses to openly acknowledge it and is doing nothing to institute a necessary predator control program, other than to offer a hunting and trapping season for coyotes.

Reinstating a snaring program will once again bring back a very effective predator control program that was being used prior to the banning around deer wintering areas to limit the mortality of deer in those yards. In areas of Northern, Western and Downeast Maine, deer have reached non sustainable levels while predators such as coyotes/wolves, black bear and bobcats thrive.

Bringing back the program is a necessary management tool for Maine.

Tom Remington

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