Vermont Fish and Wildlife Reports

Suspect arrested in high-profile Vermont moose poaching case

(Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)IRASBURG, Vt. – Vermont State Game Wardens arrested a suspect in a high-profile Northeast Kingdom moose poaching case this weekend. Gerin Fortin, 20, of Irasburg was arrested on Sunday and charged with six counts of big game violations, including taking game by illegal means and in a closed season, and two counts of shooting from a…

Three Vermonters charged in deer poaching incident; one previously convicted of 24 fish and wildlife crimes

(Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)DANVILLE, Vt. – Three Barnet, Vt., individuals were recently arrested and charged with multiple counts related to a nighttime deer poaching incident. Carl Sanborn, 47, and his son Jonathan Sanborn, 20, allegedly shot with a bow and arrow at a deer decoy on the night of Saturday, Oct. 21. The decoy was placed by Vermont State…

Vermont youth push continues with waterfowl hunt

(Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department)MONTPELIER, Vt. — A youngster’s first hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation. That’s the premise behind Vermont’s upcoming youth waterfowl hunting weekend, Sept. 23-24. “Vermont’s youth waterfowl hunting weekend helps ensure that young hunters get the quality training and experiences they need for lifelong…

Threatened snake species focus of Vermont study

Cindy Sprague handles a ratsnake as part of a study in Addison County to learn more about the snakes and aid in conservation efforts. (Photo courtesy of Cindy Sprague)NEW HAVEN, Vt. – The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is cooperating in a three-year study of an isolated population of eastern ratsnakes, a species that is listed as “Threatened” under the…