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.
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.
Ross Sneyd reports.
VPR’s Jane Lindholm talks with Commissioner
Wayne Laroche, former commissioner Steve Wright, and with Ed Gallo of the
Vermont Hunters Anglers and Trappers Association about funding for the Fish & Wildlife Department.
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.
A big debate is brewing in an unlikely place – Vermont’s bait shops.
rules adopted last fall have placed limits on the sale of wild bait because
they may be infected with a fish-killing virus.
not sitting well with bait shop owners, who’ve been forced to make a critical
AP Photo/Rob Swanson
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.