Category Archives: Wildlife

Bats drawn to open windows, doors

BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health says more people are reporting cases of bats flying through open windows and doors and getting trapped inside homes.
Public Health Veterinarian Robert Johnson says the hot weather, bugs and open doors and windows might explain the sightings. He says if a bat is found in a room with someone who was sleeping or if a bat is found in the same room with an unattended child, it should be safely collected for rabies testing.
Only four of the 65 bats tested so far this year have been positive for rabies.

Moose hunting permits drawn

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department announced Thursday that its annual moose hunting permit draw was held.

Governor Peter Shumlin, standing alongside Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry, started the computer-generated selection process that randomly picked 435 winners among more than 11,400 lottery applications.

A separate lottery was held for 50 moose permits to be used in Vermont’s new archery moose hunting season.

Winners in this year’s moose hunting lottery are posted in a searchable database on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website (  Click on “Hunting and Trapping” and then on “Lottery Applications and Winners.”

11 peregrine falcon nesting cliffs reopened

ST. JOHNSBURY — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife has reopened 11 cliff areas across the state to hikers now that peregrine falcons have finished their nesting period.
Fish and Wildlife Biologist John Buck says the young peregrines have developed, and nesting data suggest the species had a very good year. The nesting sites are monitored from March to the end of July. The cliff areas were closed to hiking in May.
At least 40 pairs of peregrines occupied Vermont’s cliffs in early spring and summer. Preliminary results indicate at least 39 of them nested, with 28 pairs successfully producing at least 60. That’s a 44 percent increase in nesting pairs a 55 percent in pairs producing young birds compared to last year’s season.

Police warn of moose on roads after crash

WINHALL — A Vermont police department is reminding motorists to beware of moose on the state’s roadways, especially after dark.
The call by the Winhall Police Department came after a 25-year-old Bondville woman hit a moose while driving on Vermont Routes 30 and 11 late Thursday night.
The moose struck the front windshield and side of the vehicle and was thrown into the roadway.
A second vehicle slowed to pass the first car, but did not see the large moose lying in the center lane of the roadway in time to avoid it.
There were no human injuries. The moose was killed.

Applications for permits available

Permit applications are available online for Vermont’s muzzleloader antlerless deer lottery.
The state Fish and Wildlife Board has approved the number of December muzzleloader permits at 12,425 for 15 of Vermont’s 24 Wildlife Management Units. They allow antlerless hunting during the archery season. They also allow any deer to be taken during youth deer hunting weekend.
The deadline to apply is Sept. 5.
The lottery drawing is expected to be held in early August.
Director of Wildlife Mark Scott said the number of permits will allow for slow growth in the deer herd in most regions of the state. He said this past winter in Vermont was the mildest recorded in decades and the herd needs to be managed carefully to ensure the numbers of deer remains appropriate for habitats.

Feds, states to control cormorants

MONTPELIER — Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the states of Vermont and New York are working to reduce the population of a non-native sea bird species that has been overwhelming some Lake Champlain islands for decades.
Biologists from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be working this summer to remove excessive double crested cormorants from islands in the lake as a way to protect nesting habitat for other bird species such as herons, egrets and terns.
In New York, biologists from the state and other groups will be working on the lake’s Four Brothers Islands to control cormorants by coating un-hatched eggs with oil, which will prevent them from hatching.
Some anglers believe the cormorants are responsible for declines in some species of fish in Lake Champlain.

Up a pole

A bear clings to a utility pole at 8 a.m. today on Barrows Towne Road in Killington. Mike Clifford spotted the bruin and took this shot outside his home.

Peregrine falcon nesting sites protected

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife said 11 cliff areas across the state are closed to hikers because peregrine falcons are nesting nearby and humans could bother the birds.
Fish and Wildlife biologist John Buck said peregrines have been observed nesting at about 40 locations across the state but only the 11 are located where there’s a chance people could disturb the nesting birds. Continue reading

Deer hearings this week

 MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will hold two public hearings this month on deer management.  The topics will include the 2011 hunting results and recommendations for an antlerless permitting and youth season this year. Last year, hunters took 12,132 deer during the archery, youth, rifle, and muzzleloader seasons in Vermont. Those totals will be discussed in detail at the hearings. The first hearing will be held today at the St. Albans Town Educational Center. The other will take place Tuesday in Springfield at the Riverside Junior High School cafeteria. Both hearings will run from 7-8:30 p.m.

Got Bats? F&W department seeks info

From the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department via the Plymouth Press Online:

Got Bats? The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is seeking information on summer bat colonies in your area. Vermont’s cave-bat species continue to struggle due to the deadly effects of White-Nose Syndrome. As a result, the little brown bat is now endangered in Vermont.

The VFWD is studying the survival of little brown bats that hibernate in Plymouth and is trying to locate nearby summer maternity colonies of bat. Little brown bats prefer to raise their young in warm attic and barn spaces over the summer.

If you have bats roosting at your residence, please contact Alyssa Bennett at the Rutland regional office at 802-786-0098, or [email protected]. This information will be very helpful to the Department as it studies ways to save the little brown bat.

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