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    Boaters may endanger Maine’s loon population - Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans | of | Share this photo

    Messalonskee Lake in Oakland has a healthy population of loons but wakes can disturb their shoreline nesting areas during mating season if the boats run too fast too close to shore. Knowing the rules of boating ensures a good time for humans and a healthy habitat for loons.

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    Boaters may endanger Maine’s loon population - Portland Press Herald file photo by Carl D. Walsh | of | Share this photo

    A common loon readies to launch from Cupsuptic Lake, part of the Rangeley Lakes Heriteage Trust, on Saturday, June 23, 2012.

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    Boaters may endanger Maine’s loon population - Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans | of | Share this photo

    Friends of Messalonskee member Gary Bennett cruises in his pontoon boat in search of loons on Messalonskee Lake in Oakland on Wednesday.

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    Boaters may endanger Maine’s loon population - Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans | of | Share this photo

    Friends of Messalonskee member Gary Bennett cruises in his pontoon boat in search of loons on Messalonskee Lake in Oakland on Wednesday.

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    Boaters may endanger Maine’s loon population - AP file photo by Pat Wellenbach | of | Share this photo

    A loon and its chick make their way across Pierce Pond near N. New Portland in August 2006.

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    Boaters may endanger Maine’s loon population - Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans | of | Share this photo

    Friends of Messalonskee members Rachel Whitney, left, and Gary Bennett cruise looking for loons on Messalonskee Lake in Oakland on Wednesday.

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