Wildlife advocates in Vermont said state officials should conduct DNA sampling to determine whether wolves, or coyote-wolf hybrids, are widely present in the state and deserve protection.
All of the new members are hunters, according to a press release from Gov. Phil Scott’s office. Wildlife advocates have recently sought more diversity in the backgrounds of board members, who make decisions about hunting and wildlife policies in the state.
Let’s be clear: Wildlife management is political and Vermont Fish & Wildlife senior staff operate more like lobbyists than those in charge of overseeing our shared wildlife.
There has been a tremendous outpouring of support for the pro-wildlife bills from all kinds of people, including rural residents, farmers, small business owners and hunters.
Shrouding the support of these outdated and cruel practices under the cloak of science, while not disclosing the politics behind it, is not helpful.
We may not be able to rewire those who find pleasure in torturing and harassing wildlife for "sport," but we will never stop speaking out for the innocent lives they take. Wildlife only has us.
Trapping is not only inherently cruel, as animals suffer in steel-jawed leghold traps for long periods of time, but traps are indiscriminate. Protected species like hawks and owls, as well as dogs and cats, are trapped each year in Vermont.
The rule passed Oct. 5 allows electronic reporting in the future, whether there’s an emergency or not. The Fish and Wildlife commissioner can decide how reporting of certain species will be done.
Grassroots efforts to protect endangered species result in a bill against the trade of covered animal parts
Vermont has a proud hunting tradition where ethical hunters kill deer for food, but the integrity of that tradition is jeopardized when a blind eye is turned toward unethical hunting practices.
After two coyote carcasses were photographed strung up outside a Bloomfield home, activists are renewing calls for the state to crack down on coyote hunting.
The Vermont department recently had two opportunities to collaborate with wildlife advocates; not surprisingly, they gave their customers what they wanted.
Killing contests and the year-round, open killing season on coyotes are not based in sound wildlife management practices.
POW's amendment seeks to fix two major problems that result in unnecessary and indiscriminate killing of animals.