Vermont is often recognized for having some of the best freshwater fishing in the Northeast. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says one of the best ways to learn about the state’s fishing opportunities is to check out the 2018 Vermont Fishing Guide & Regulations available free from its district offices and license agents throughout the state.
Black bears have arisen from their winter slumber and are once again roaming the landscape looking for food. The late spring is delaying the growth of bears’ natural food sources, which is likely contributing to a rise in bear-human conflicts this year according to Vermont Fish & Wildlife bear biologist Forrest Hammond.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is announcing that the Dead Creek Visitor Center in Addison, Vermont, will be opening for the season on Friday, May 11. The visitor center will be open Fridays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through August and will offer a variety of free programs for all ages throughout the spring and summer.
Hunters who provided the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a tooth from their deer last year can now find out how old their deer was by visiting the department’s website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com.
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.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department responded quickly to an angler report of an unusual fish in his bait bucket and cited a Vermont baitfish wholesaler for illegally importing unapproved fish species into the state.
Vermonters interested in conserving wildlife should donate to the Nongame Wildlife Fund on their state income tax form this year, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The fund helps protect some of Vermont’s most threatened wildlife such as bald eagles, lake sturgeon, spruce grouse, and bats.