The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife conserves inland fisheries and wildlife resources; regulates white-water rafting and the use of all-terrain vehicles; registers watercraft and snowmobiles; and regulates and issues licenses for fishing and hunting. It also educates the public on matters related to these activities, while sponsoring community involvement.
The MDIFW administers a range of conservation programs designed to protect and enhance fish and wildlife resources, with a focus on keeping these resources abundant and on restoring endangered species, such as the bald eagle. Many people visit Maine each year for its natural resources and this provides a major source of income for the state. The MDIFW receives a substantial portion of its funding from the issuance of fishing and hunting licenses to Maine visitors and residents of the state.
The MDIFW enforces its regulations substantially through the activities of the Maine Warden Service. Game wardens enforce laws and regulations, provide search and rescue services and conduct special functions through specialty teams, such as the Dive Team, Evidence Recovery Team, Forensic Mapping Team, Incident Management Team and Special Investigations Team. Game wardens receive the same training as Maine state troopers, and then receive additional training related to Maine's fish and game laws. Wardens patrol the woods and inland waters of Maine on ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, trucks and planes.