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K9 School: The Start of Tracking

Due to unprecedented times K9 training was pushed back. We originally were scheduled to start K9 training in March shortly after being accepted on the Warden Service K9 team and being issued a dog. Luckily for me this gave me more time to bond with Gordon.

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K9 School: Basic Obedience

The past few months have been unusual to say the least. Restrictions due to COVID-19 has made some aspects of training difficult and quite different. The original K9 school which was scheduled to run from March to June was canceled.

Maine Warden Service Field Notes: Airboat Training

By Corporal John MacDonald

In preparation for spring and any potential flooding Game Wardens Ed Christie, Adrienne Marquis, and Sergeant Mike Joy recently performed airboat training on Portage Lake. The ice conditions on the lake made for some very good training. 

Maine Warden Service Field Notes: Tracking Down an ATV

By Game Warden Brandon Sperrey

Maine Warden Service Field Notes: Behind Locked Gates

By Corporal John MacDonald

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Selecting the most promising K9s for the Maine Warden Service

It is imperative we find the best candidates to serve as Maine game wardens, and that remains true when it comes to selecting dogs for the Maine Warden Service K9 Unit. A thorough screening and selection process is an important step for a successful K9 team.

Corporal Michelle Merrifield retires after 25-year career with Maine Warden Service

We would like to say thank you and congratulations to Game Warden Corporal Michelle Merrifield on her recent retirement from Maine Warden Service after a 25-year career!

Casco Man Donates Lifesaving Device to Maine Game Wardens

By Corporal John MacDonald Casco resident John Curtis has been an avid snowmobiler for decades here in Maine. John is married with two adult children, a son and daughter, and works as a project manager for Clean Harbors Environmental Services. John and his family have snowmobiled together since his children were young, often in the Sebago Lake region. John clearly remembers two situations where he and his family had close calls unexpectedly operating close to open water. One of those frightening times was on Sebago Lake.

Maine Warden Services Graduates New Game Wardens

By Corporal John MacDonald The Maine Warden Service recently graduated eight new game wardens at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. Seven of these game wardens work for the Maine Warden Service and one is a Penobscot Tribal Game Warden. They all recently completed an extensive 13-week advanced academy focused specifically on game warden work. The Advanced Warden Academy followed the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) required of all full-time Maine police officers.

Maine Warden Service Pilot Plays Critical Role in Locating Two Young Missing Boys

By Game Warden Megan Miller On Wednesday, July 18, several local game wardens responded to the lower end of Mattawamkeag Lake, to search for two young boys who had wandered away from their family’s camp. Because the search area included large tracts of woods,  Maine Warden Service aircraft were also sent to aid in the search.