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Caroline County Man Charged with Animal Cruelty


Mervyn Jay Downes III

A Caroline County man has been arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty in connection with the mutilation and death of two goats and the maiming of a third at a state park, the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported. Read more…

Police Nab Poachers; Charge Crab Pot Thief

Natural Resources Police on patrol

A month-long investigation across two counties resulted in 16 deer and turkey poaching citations being issued to an Anne Arundel County man, and other enforcement actions from the Maryland Natural Resources Police.  Read more…

Free Fishing Days Announced in Maryland

No License or Trout Stamp Required on June 4, 11 and July 4

Child fishing

Get outside with your rod and reel, and take advantage of Maryland’s excellent angling opportunities during three, free fishing days (June 4 and 11, and July 4). No license or trout stamp is required to recreationally fish in state waters on these days. Read more…

Maryland Snakehead Record Broken – 18.42 Pounds!

Northern Snakehead

Emory (Dutch) Baldwin III from Indian Head, Md., and his regular bow-hunting partner Franklin Shotwell were wrapping up a night of stalking northern snakehead from Baldwin’s boat along the Maryland side of the Potomac River on May 20, when they decided to check the flats near Marshall Hall to see if the blue catfish had moved up into the grass. Read more…

Record Spring Turkey Harvest in Maryland

Three Wild Turkeys

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced today that hunters reported harvesting a total of 3,874 wild turkeys during the 2016 regular spring and junior hunt turkey seasons that ended on May 23. This year’s harvest is three percent higher than 2015 (3,767), and well above the ten year average of 3,131. Read more…

Natural Resources Police Urges Safety This Boating Season

Father securing child's life jacket.

With Memorial Day weekend and the start of summer right around the corner, the Maryland Natural Resources Police reminds swimmers, boaters and anglers to be water wise.

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Department of Natural Resources Outlines Fee Reductions

Beneficiaries Include Veterans and Youth

Children smiling in a park

Following Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement that the state is eliminating or reducing $60 million in state-issued fees, the Department of Natural Resources outlined its proposals which will save Marylanders approximately $2.71 million over the next five years. Read more…

Police Charge Illegal Bear and Turkey Hunters, Striped Bass Poachers, Impaired Boater

David Stephen Wall was charged with hunting black bear out of season

David Stephen Wall was charged with hunting black bear out of season

Maryland Natural Resources Police officers charged illegal bear and turkey hunters, striped bass poachers and a drunken boater in recent cases.  Read more…

Keep Maryland Beautiful Grants Awarded

Supports 13 Environmental Education and Restoration Projects

2016 Keep Maryland Beautiful grant recipient Pigtown Main Street organized volunteers at the annual Bloom the Boulevard event to collect litter, spread mulch, plant flowers and prune tree limbs.

Pigtown Main Street organized volunteers at the Bloom the Boulevard event to collect litter, spread mulch, plant flowers and prune tree limbs.

The Maryland Environmental Trust today awarded $9,600 to nonprofits, community groups and schools to carry out environmental projects across the state. The grants – given through the Keep Maryland Beautiful program in partnership with the State Highway Administration – will help restore streamside habitats, create gardens and educate citizens about the environment. Read more…

Grants Available to Aid Maritime Municipalities and Counties

Maryland to Preserve and Revitalize Working Waterfronts

Waterman by Eugene Byers

Photo credit Eugene Byers

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking proposals from local governments looking to invigorate their waterfront economies. Municipalities and counties in the coastal zone are eligible to apply for these one-year grants through the department’s Working Waterfronts Program. Read more…

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