MDIFW Mission Statement
MDIFW protects and manages Maine's fish and wildlife and their habitats, promotes Maine's outdoor heritage, and safely connects people with nature through responsible recreation, sport, and science.
Description of MDIFW
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries of Wildlife (MDIFW) preserves, protects, and enhances the inland fisheries and wildlife resources of the state. Established in 1880 to protect big game populations, MDIFW has since evolved in scope to include protection and management of fish, non-game wildlife, and habitats, as well as restoration of endangered species like the bald eagle. In addition to its conservation duties, MDIFW is also responsible for enabling and promoting the safe enjoyment of Maine's outdoors — from whitewater rafting to boating, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, and wildlife observation. The agency's constituents include the fish, wildlife, and people who call Maine home, as well as the visiting outdoor enthusiasts and ecotourists who call Maine Vacationland and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars each year to the state's economy.
Latest Press Releases
- 11/23/2021: MDIFW NEWS: Department Detects Elevated Levels of PFAS in Deer Harvested in Fairfield Area; Issues Do Not Eat Advisory For Deer Harvested There
- 7/15/2021: MDIFW NEWS: Maine Warden Service Teams Up With Multiple Groups To Rescue Injured Appalachian Trail Hiker
- 6/14/2021: MDIFW NEWS: Game Wardens Recover Body Of Missing Oregon Man In Swan Lake
- 6/14/2021: MDIFW NEWS: Maine Warden Service K9 Breezy and Warden Bellanceau Locate Missing Elderly Bridgton Man
- 6/9/2021: MDIFW NEWS: Game Wardens Responding To Suspected Drowning On Swan Lake