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Westfield Man Charged with Importing Exotic Reptiles

February 15, 2018

A Westfield man has been charged with a wildlife violation after a water monitor lizard and a dwarf caiman were found on his property. Raymond J. Barlow, 29, was charged with illegally importing wildlife and faces fines up to $722.

Safe Composting in Bear Country

July 12, 2018

Bears in Vermont are thinking ahead to winter and, looking to fatten up, are currently in search of easy calories. Compost can become a bear attractant – as with trash bins, bird feeders, and pet food – if not properly managed.

Hunter Ed Courses are Being Held Now

July 10, 2018

Vermont Fish & Wildlife says anyone interested in taking a hunter education course should consider doing so this summer, because fewer courses will be available later in the year.

Fishing Access Areas Not Safe for Swimming

June 28, 2018

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds the public not to swim at fishing access areas due to safety concerns. The primary use of the fishing access areas is for launching and retrieving motorboats.

Barnet Man Sentenced in Deer Poaching Incident

June 26, 2018

A Barnet man has been sentenced to two years in prison with all but 30 days suspended and ordered to pay $850 in fines after pleading no contest to five charges stemming from an October 2017 incident.

What Posting Means

The Vermont constitution has protected the right to hunt, fish and trap on open, private land since its drafting in 1793.

Posting laws and regulations honor this commitment while also ensuring landowners have the protections they need to control their property.

Roadkill Procedure

moose crossing a road

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department (VTF&W) work together to keep Vermont's state highways safe for wildlife and for drivers.

Fish Importation Permit

Importing fish is regulated to protect the health of Vermont's fish populations and prevent the introduction of fish and fish diseases that could harm the state’s fisheries.

The importation and possession of fish species in Vermont is controlled through a permitting process.  A Fish Importation Permit is required before importing or possessing certain fish in Vermont.

Raccoon Roundworm

What Is Raccoon Roundworm?


Raccoon roundworm is the common large roundworm or ascarid found in the small intestinal tract of raccoons. Adult worms measure six to eight inches in length and about 0.4 inch in width. They are tan-white in color, cylindrical and taper at both ends.

Raccoon roundworm is common in raccoons in the Northeast and Midwest. Forty to sixty percent of raccoon may carry this parasite.

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