Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

Disease could threaten Vermont’s rabbits, hares

(Photo by John Hall, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department)The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says a disease affecting rabbits and hares previously found in western states may be moving eastward.  Rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHDV2) is a virus known to be extremely lethal to wild and domestic rabbits, including cottontail rabbits and snowshoe hares. RHDV2 was first found in New Mexico…

Giving thanks for turkey … restoration

(Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department/John Hall)MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says one thing to be thankful for this year is the restoration of the wild turkey population in the state. Wild turkeys disappeared from Vermont in the mid-to-late 1800s because of habitat destruction from land clearing for farming, the department said. At that time, only a…

In Vermont, moose drowns in Lake Champlain as onlookers crowd animal

In this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, photo provided by Bernadette Toth, a moose stands in Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vt. Wildlife officials say the animal had crossed the lake and made it to shore, but went back in the water, after likely feeling threatened by onlookers, and drowned. (Bernadette Toth via AP)South Hero, Vt. — A moose drowned in…

Vermont hunting club cancels crow shoot amid criticism

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. — A Vermont hunting club has cancelled its crow shooting competition after a social media outcry. Mark McCarthy, president of the Boonie Club in Williamstown, told the Burlington Free Press it will not be sponsoring the April 7 crow shoot, in which teams of hunters would have competed to win prizes by shooting the most crows. Critics of…

Crow-shoot competition under fire in Vermont

WILLIAMSTOWN, Vt. — Wildlife advocates in Vermont are trying to stop a competitive crow-shoot event. The Burlington Free Press reports the Vermont Wildlife Coalition recently started a petition to ask the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to ban a crow shoot sponsored by a hunting group called the Boonie Club. Hunters will try to shoot the most crows during the…