Maine’s Bear Biologists Discuss Increasing Bear Populations And Management Strategies At Conference
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For Immediate Release                                                                       September 15, 2014

Maine’s Bear Biologists Discuss Increasing Bear Populations And Management Strategies At Conference

FRONT ROYAL, Virginia – Burgeoning black bear populations throughout the northeast were among the major topics discussed at the annual Northeast Black Bear Technical Committee meeting in Virginia. Maine bear biologists Randy Cross and Jennifer Vashon joined bear biologists from 16 states and six Canadian provinces for the annual conference, which was held August 27 and 28 in Front Royal, Virginia.

“Nearly all the northeast states are increasing hunting opportunities to try and control black bear numbers,” said Vashon. “New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia all recently increased the length of their black bear hunting seasons. Connecticut is considering enacting a bear hunt, and Maryland has been increasing the number of bear permits available.”

The two-day meeting focused on issues surrounding bear managers in the northeast. Among the topics discussed over the two days included reports from subcommittees/


  • Bear population management strategies, including population estimates, modeling techniques and harvest strategies.
  • Effectiveness of focused hunting in in urban and suburban areas to reduce conflicts between bears and people.
  • Developing a standard message for how to react in a bear-human encounter.
  • Standardized protocols for responding to bear attacks and the recent bear attack training received by the Southeast Black Bear Technical Committee.
  • Summarizing data on care and rehabilitation of orphaned cubs.
  • Ongoing predator prey/prey research about black bear and deer.


“The first day involves status reports from each state and province, where bear managers highlight what is happening in their state, and then we hear from our working groups that are tasked with researching certain topics,” said Cross.

Vashon noted that one of the more interesting topics for the working groups was the discussion concerning aversive conditioning of nuisance black bears, where bears are hazed or harassed in hopes that nuisance bear behavior won’t be repeated.

“What the group found was that there was no silver bullet or one tool that was effective, and that aversive conditioning is an effective short-term solution, especially when addressing an immediate public safety issue or when property damage is severe,” said Vashon. That was the result of studies in three different states where biologists radio-collared nuisance bears and subjected them to aversive conditioning after a nuisance bear complaint.

“Dealing with increasing nuisance conflicts is a priority for most eastern states,” said Vashon. “The committee is currently evaluating if increasing hunting opportunity around urban areas can alleviate conflicts. Initial findings indicate that increased hunting around urban areas is effective at removing bears that cause problems in backyards.”

One part that is particularly helpful to bear managers is feedback from the committee.

“These people know their subject and can give you feedback. It helps improve your program based upon the shared knowledge within the committee,” said Vashon.

The Northeast Black Bear Technical Committee first met in Maine in 2002 and has met every year since then. Vashon, Maine’s lead bear biologist, was the chair of the committee from 2007-2010. As chair, Vashon was instrumental in bringing the Eastern Black Bear Workshop to Maine in 2013.


MegaMesh Screen Door
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MegaMesh Screen Door
© 2014 Brent Reece

Here is one of the coolest items have ever been asked to test!

What we have here is an answer to the age old screen door of our grandparents. A truly high tech solution that really gets the job done. No more framed out screening that wobbles and degrades faster than a watermelon at a desert BBQ.

What they say about the product:

Product Description
Mega Mesh
The best quality magnetic screen door by Easy Install

These Bug Screens are made to a high quality and are built to last.

What You’ll Get:

Unrivaled Quality

✓ Strong magnets sewn in, to provide seamless automatic closure
✓ High quality micro mesh keeps the smallest bugs out
✓ Easy install bug screens have been developed to stay up and withstand heavy traffic

Multiple Uses

✓ Can be used in all homes for effective pest control
✓ Great for use in RVs
✓ Fits easily where swing doors cannot fit

Benefits of Mega Mesh

✓ Magnetic hands-free entry
✓ Pet friendly access
✓ The low-cost way to economically cool your home
✓ Protection for your family from invading insects
✓ Easy installation
✓ Optional push-pin fixings included

I temporarily installed the screen door for my testing and found that it worked admirably. Being an apartment dweller I did not permnently install the door as I did not want to make it a present for our landlaord. We are looking for a house and are hoping to make the jump in the spring. Should that occur I will of course install the Mega Mesh door and give an updated eval at that time.

I am adequately satisfied that this is a great idea and have no qualms about suggesting that others buy it too. It works exceedingly well and keep out those pesky little pests!! Sure beats wearing bug dope all over just to sit out on your porch.

- Brent

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Everyone can use a HELPING HAND
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Everyone can use a HELPING HAND

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Every once in a while a cool gadgety thing comes across my desk that actually becomes a practical helper in my life. The Helping Hand is a at first glance a rather simplistic stand for your phone or tablet. It is one such simple gadget that does a whole lot more than just be a stand.



Here is the cylindrical wonder that I have found immensely useful. First as you see it here it is holding my retired cell phone that I leave next to my bed and use as an alarm clock. It plays great tunes and music wakes me nicer than beats and ringings!

Secondly I is useful for holding my android at the ready up off the desk so I can talk hands free while computing. Third but not final it travels with me at times and rides in the cupholder of friends vehicles where I can place my phone while travelling. Much more convenient than any of the alternatives I have tried so far.


What they say about themselves:

The Helping Hand will hold your phone or tablet securely on your desk, kitchen counter or in your car, truck or boat without moving or breakable parts! It’s made of heavy duty ABS plastic and comes with a washable sticky pad. Use it also to hold your phone while making a video by simply turning the HH on it’s side and sticking the phone to the sticky pad. Available in black or white. White is perfect for your boat!



This HELPER owes most of it’s usefulness to the pad part of the ensemble. It will hold anything in an iron grip, but releases it easily to use. A paraodox of useful proportion!

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Any Deer Permits Out!!!
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AUGUSTA, Maine — Deer hunters eager to learn if they received an Any Deer Permit should visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website at www.mefishwildlife to see if they were selected for an Any Deer permit.

This year, over 64,000 deer hunters applied for the 37,185 permits that were available in 12 wildlife management districts. There are 29 regional wildlife management districts throughout the state, and the permits were issued in districts that are primarily in southern and central Maine. Annually, over 175,000 deer hunters take part in the deer season.

The Firearms Deer hunting season begins with Youth Deer Hunting Day on October 25. Youth hunters may take a buck statewide or an antlerless deer only in the wildlife management districts where any-deer permits are issued this fall. Maine Resident Only Day is on November 1 this year, and the general firearm deer hunting season runs from November 3 to November 29.

The Department uses the Any Deer permit system to manage the white-tailed deer population in the state. By controlling the harvest of female deer in the 29 regional wildlife management districts throughout the state, biologists can manage population trends.

Hunters who do not receive an Any Deer permits are only allowed to shoot an antlered deer.

For more information on deer hunting in Maine, visit

The Propresser Garlic Press Review
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The “Propresser”  Garlic Press Review:


As an avid cook and “wannabe” gourmet I really love to cook. I love watching Chopped on TV and Hell’s Kitchen as well. Lately I have had the chance to start doing more kitchen gear reviews and testing great gear in my kitchen. Here is another great product and I have had a lot of fun using it over the last month in my kitchen. Here is the product info for you to better understand he product.


Product Description
1.ENJOY AN UNPRECEDENTED 200% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – I am so confident you’re going to love your Propresser Garlic Press I’m offering it with a ridiculous double guarantee. If you have ANY problems with your Propresser Garlic Press FOR THE LIFETIME OF THE PRODUCT simply let me know and I will refund every penny of your purchase AND send you a brand new unit free of charge.

2. QUALITY YOU CAN COUNT ON – Unlike many of the garlic pressers on the market that are made from cheap zinc alloy, your Propresser Garlic Press is fashioned from 100% stainless steel. It won’t rust, won’t weaken at the joint, and won’t break. We’ve meticulously designed the Propresser Garlic Press to serve you for years and decades to come.

3. DESIGNED WITH EASE OF USE IN MIND – Hold the Propresser Garlic Press in your hand. Note the thickness of the handles and how comfortably your fingers wrap around them. With a clove of garlic nestled in the basket the handles are the ideal distance apart to maximize leverage. Gently squeeze the handles together. You’ll be delighted at how easily, how effortlessly your Propresser Garlic Press produces perfectly minced garlic.

4. CLEANUP IS A BREEZE – Now you can enjoy the flavor and health benefits of garlic instantly without the hassle of messy cleanup. Simply flip up the Propresser Garlic Press’s basket, rinse it under your faucet, and you’re done!

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When Quality and Convenience Count, Nothing But Propresser Will Do!

Here are 5 Reasons You’re Going to LOVE Your Propresser Garlic Press
1. It easily minces garlic in one press! (No more sore palms or aching fingers like you get with other garlic presses)
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Once you’ve seen for yourself how handsome is the Propresser Garlic Press, how easy it is to use, how quickly you can clean it, we’re confident you’ll have LOADS MORE than 5 reasons to love it!


Summation: You owe it to yourself to go to amazon .com and check out the PROPRESSER! No better tool exists!!! #garlicpress

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