Vermont Fishing

Our series of summer programs continues with a look at how the fish are biting. Anglers and wildlife officials are working to control damaging invasive species that affect our fish population – and they’re experimenting with ways to improve fish habitat.

Public input sought for wildlife management plans

Vermont’s Fish and Wildlife Department says the health of the state’s big-game species is generally good. Biologists say they want that to continue. So they’re drafting new policies that will guide wildlife management for the next decade. VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports.

Funding the Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is funded primarily by the license fees paid for hunting and fishing. But those activities are declining, a situation that calls into question how the department is funded. We talk with former Fish and Wildlife commissioner Steve Wright and Ed Gallo of the Vermont Hunters Anglers and Trappers Association. Also, how snarls of traffic are affecting the Upper Valley, and essayist Tim Johnson commiserates with fellow flu sufferers.

Rules to prevent spread of fish disease prompt debate at bait shops

A big debate is brewing in an unlikely place – Vermont’s bait shops. Emergency rules adopted last fall have placed limits on the sale of wild bait because they may be infected with a fish-killing virus. That’s not sitting well with bait shop owners, who’ve been forced to make a critical business decision. AP Photo/Rob Swanson

Clashing Habitats

As the Vermont’s moose population increases, so does the number of plants they eat, and the amount of space they need. The number of black bears and deer are also up, and wolves may be poised to return to Vermont any day. How will the arrival of a new predator affect other animals? We explore these issues with Vermont naturalist Sue Morse.