Last year, state officials recorded 650 bear incidents in Vermont. This year, there have been 700 and counting.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials said they typically recommend that Vermonters take down bird feeders by April 1, but that this year’s predicted warmer weather through March “will stimulate more bears to emerge from their dens.”
Shrouding the support of these outdated and cruel practices under the cloak of science, while not disclosing the politics behind it, is not helpful.
It's time Vermont enacted rational laws that protect wildlife, animals and the public. Let’s start with a bill to control hunting dogs and ban hounding.
The prevailing wisdom from expert composters: Don’t do it.
The order, which follows a recent spike in bear sightings near campsites, is primarily designed to be an educational tool rather than an enforcement tactic.
A growing bear population, bird feeding and backyard chicken raising are contributing to increased bear break-ins in rural parts of Vermont.
News Release -- Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department July 20, 2018 Media Contacts: Tom Rogers, 802-377-2628; Forrest Hammond 802-777-7493 MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Vermonters of all ages are invited to attend a presentation about Vermont’s black bears at the Middlebury Town Offices on Wednesday, August 1 at 6:00 p.m. Vermont Fish & Wildlife bear biologist Forrest […]
News Release -- Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department July 20, 2018 Media Contacts: Tom Rogers, 802-377-2628; Forrest Hammond 802-777-7493 LYNDONVILLE, Vt. – Vermonters of all ages are invited to attend a presentation about Vermont’s black bears at the Lyndon Town School on Tuesday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Tom Rogers will […]
News Release -- Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department July 12, 2018 Media Contacts: Forrest Hammond 802-885-8832 Josh Kelly 802-522-5897 Safe Composting in Bear Country Even suburban residents should avoid attracting bears MONTPELIER, Vt. – Bears in Vermont are thinking ahead to winter and, looking to fatten up, are currently in search of easy calories. Compost […]
News Release -- Vermont Fish and Wildlife June 13, 2017 Media Contacts: Forrest Hammond 802-777-7493 Scott Darling 802-777-1732 VT Fish and Wildlife Releases Young Bears Back to Wild PLYMOUTH, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department successfully released several young orphaned bears back into the wild after a short stay with a wildlife rehabilitator. […]
(This story by Chris Mays was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on June 5, 2017.) WILMINGTON — Vermont Senior Game Warden Rich Watkin says a small dog was killed early Wednesday morning by a bear. “I believe it was very much circumstantial, but tragic all the same,” said Watkin. The incident occurred near Chimney Hill […]
Thetford’s animal control officer said in April and May he received numerous calls from residents about bears in town killing livestock and getting a little too close for comfort.