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.
Last year, state officials recorded 650 bear incidents in Vermont. This year, there have been 700 and counting.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department confirmed the presence of the small whorled pogonia — a species previously thought to be extinct in Vermont since 1902 — on conservation land in the Winooski Valley Park District.
Officials still recommend removing bird feeders and reporting ill or deceased birds in certain circumstances.
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.
Divisiveness is not a foundation for good decision-making. If we hope to build lasting wildlife policy this spring, we need to do it from common ground.
In this era of climate change and other threats, both known and unknown, impacting wildlife, we should tread lightly. A good start would be no more killing solely for recreation.
The all-volunteer Vermont Wildlife Coalition invites anyone to check the recordings of the public Zoom meeting that spurred this discussion for themselves. You will hear people from rural towns across the state
Trappers are likely losing money trapping, since furs are no longer selling thanks to the fashion industry evolving to meet 21st-century standards around animal suffering.
Instead of extending trapping seasons and extending hunting seasons, roll them back so today’s children have hope of the same Green Mountains we have in this moment.
Shrouding the support of these outdated and cruel practices under the cloak of science, while not disclosing the politics behind it, is not helpful.
Vermont’s bear conservation efforts have been a success, and our bear population is flourishing. From an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 bears in 1975, our population today is between 4,600 and 5,700.
Because Vermont Fish & Wildlife does not currently represent most wildlife advocates, we will take our case to the Legislature, where there is a chance for democracy.
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.