(Photo by Windigo Images)MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s top game warden is among 100 successful bear hunters who failed to comply with a new regulation that they submit a tooth from the bear they shot so it can be studied by biologists. The regulation that hunters submit a pre-molar tooth within 48 hours of shooting a bear was new for the…
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife
While there is some good news, biologists still do not have a firm estimate of the Lake Champlain sturgeon population, and a recovery plan released in 2016 estimated it could be half a century or longer before the population reaches the level where they could be fished.
Vermont chapter of Trout Unlimited wants the state to reduce the fish’s catch limit from 12 a day to six.
Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife recommending that the state issue only 14 permits this year, and if the decline continues, it is possible the department will recommend issuing no permits for 2019.
Scientists say they fear shifting climate conditions are to blame.
It hasn’t come easy, and the process will require continued human intervention to make sure the salmon that hatch in Vermont’s Winooski River or New York’s Boquet River can make it to the lake and then return when it’s their time to reproduce.