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September 12, 2012 - We received this game camera photo of four raccoons who were attracted to Travis Sutherland's bear bait in Mattamiscontis. Both the coons and the bears are eating extra at this time of year to carry them through the winter. Since they'll spend most of the colder months snoozing, they'll need a thick layer of fat to keep them going.

This photo was taken by Lee Rand.

This photo of a doe and fawn was sent to us by Lowell and Suzanne Thurlow.

Wild turkeys are abundant in the greater Lincoln area! This photo was taken in early March.

Here's another flock of turkeys photographed in mid-September.

Loons? Of course we have loons. We have 13 lakes here. In fact, we have loons right downtown on Mattanawcook Pond. Some folks joke that the downtown loons are paid by the Chamber of Commerce to show up for the tourists! Actually it's the fishing they appreciate. We spotted the eagle below during a rainstorm as it perched in a dead tree by the river. Eagles are plentiful in the Lincoln area. They like the fishing, too.


Lincoln is situated between two very large wilderness areas, and is home to many wild creatures. Black bear, whitetail deer and moose draw hunters from all over. We also have foxes, coyotes, bobcats, lynx, snowshoe hare, skunks, woodchucks, raccoons, pine martens, fishers, otters, beavers, porcupines, red, gray and flying squirrels, chipmunks, turtles and on and on and on. There are plenty of bird species here also. Bald eagles, loons, wild turkeys, ducks, cardinals, orioles, chickadees and many, many more can be seen here.
We do have snakes, but ours are relatively small and none are poisonous. In fact, most of our wildlife isn't harmful to humans if you use a little common sense.
Bears are common, but not often seen. They are not usually dangerous unless you feed them or get between a mother and her cubs.
There are rumors of cougars being seen and heard in the Lincoln area, but none of the sightings has been officially verified as yet.
This is a common merganser, a fish-eating duck. Several species of ducks can be found in the greater Lincoln area.
Now here's something you don't see every day, although they're plentiful and make quite a racket in the spring. This little frog was photographed by Brad Blake in his patio garden. The tiny creature measures an inch or less. It's a spring peeper! Now you know what they look like. If you have really sharp eyes, you might see one among the leaves on the forest floor or in a tree. It's not often that you'll find one sitting on a bright green leaf like this!
Is this a lobster, or are Lincoln crayfish really this big? We'll never tell . . . .
Lincoln's "town ducks" are feral Mallards that stay here all year. You can see them at the lake intown, but please don't feed them. No matter what they tell you, they get plenty of food already!
A chipmunk fills its cheeks with goodies.
This young moose is having a snack near the road. Please watch the sides of the road for animals that might decide to cross in front of you.
We hope you enjoy our wildlife. If you go hunting or fishing, please follow the rules. Whitetail deer are common in the Lincoln area. Deer hunting is allowed as follows: bow hunting in October, regular firearms in November and black powder hunting for a couple of weeks in December. Hunting licenses and current regulations are available at Lincoln's town office.
A great blue heron waits patiently for its lunch.
And here's someone you should leave alone. He's cute, but he could really mess up your day! On the plus side, he likes to eat slugs, and that makes our garden happy.
Beavers built a dam by this culvert, making a small pond. You can see their house in the background.
This fat fellow showed up outside our office to help himself to some birdseed. We suspect he's the reason our feeder broke!
A line of Canada geese with a few seagulls mixed in cast their reflections on the ice at Prince Thomas Park in downtown Lincoln.
Here's another big snapping turtle, looking to cross the road after laying her eggs. We would have liked to help her to the other side of the road, but decided she might misunderstand our motives and bite us! If you notice a snapper sunning itself on a log or crossing the road, leave it alone. They're faster than you think they are. They won't bother you if you don't bother them.
Wait a minute! What's she doing on the wildlife page? We just wanted to see if you were paying attention . . . .


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