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Conservation biologists say that the good news for wildlife is there are still extensive tracts of forest habitat in the northeast. Yet as humans have built up roads and housing developments, crossing between key habitat areas — such as from the Adirondacks to the Green Mountains — can be a dangerous trip for a moose or a bear.   

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New England governors and eastern Canadian premiers last week signed a resolution on climate change. 

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Vermont Fish and Wildlife recently announced a policy change that will allow anglers to once again wear felt-soled waders after a five-year ban. It marks a change in the state's approach to dealing with one damaging aquatic algae: didymo, also known by the much more colorful name of "rock snot."

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The Department of Fish and Wildlife is using cameras to study how bears will react to a new commercial wind project in southeastern Vermont.

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Vermont's Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning people about a potentially growing outbreak of canine distemper among wild animals in central Vermont.

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Vermont’s deer hunting rifle season begins on Saturday morning.

This year, the Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking hunters to send them the middle incisor teeth of deer that are killed.

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At a Vermont Fish and Wildlife sampling station in South Hero, a tiny brook is alive with splashing dorsal fins. It's full of landlocked Atlantic salmon from Lake Champlain fighting their way upstream to spawn. This year, the fish are arriving in record numbers.      

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Hunting license sales have been on a steady decline in Vermont over the last few decades, mirroring a trend seen in many states around the country. License fees account for a significant portion of the budget for Fish and Wildlife departments. So the declining numbers of hunters negatively impact those budgets, and fee increases can't keep pace with the increasing costs of research and enforcement.

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Vermont may not have a lot of pink-kneed tarantulas, bearded dragons, Burmese pythons or brown caymen. But when there are reports made that one needs to be captured or confiscated, efforts are made to get that animal out.

The gloved hand of a biologist holds a little brown bat in Vermont.
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A muggy summer evening in Vermont, in a swampy area, just as the sun is going down and the mosquitoes are thick in the air might not sound like a good place to hang out. But it's ideal if you're a little brown bat. Or a bat researcher. 

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Every fisherman has a story about the "one that got away." But Chet MacKenzie is dedicated to making sure that this particular species of fish in Lake Champlain doesn't get away – or disappear. 

Lemon Fair Wild Life Management Area gains 330 acres. Milton has a new town manager. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture announces a free breakfast on the farm event.

A controversial state-owned shooting range in Hartland will re-open on Thursday, following renovations and with new rules.

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As the state prepares to re-open a controversial shooting range it owns in Hartland, a rift has developed within the Fish and Wildlife Board. One board member says the site is unsafe, but the commissioner strongly disagrees.

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The Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife spent three years taking input on proposed changes to deer hunting rules, and the process has finally yielded changes that will go into effect in 2016. A ban on natural urine lures and expanded opportunities for hunting with crossbows are among the new regulations hunters will get used to.

The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board is considering changes to the state's hunting regulations that would expand the archery season, and a change that would allow hunters to use crossbows during that season.

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When you think of Vermont's hunters, an image of a father and son in the woods might spring to mind.

But now, more and more hunters are learning the sport as adults for the opportunity to harvest organic, local meat.

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A state-owned shooting range in Hartland is itself under fire. Most of the complaints about noise are coming from Plainfield, New Hampshire. The sound travels just over 300 yards from Hartland across the Connecticut River, and residents in this small, rural town say they've heard enough.

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Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials are considering a ban on the use of aircraft while hunting, and the big concern isn't about helicopters and small planes - it's unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones.

Officials aren't so much worried about a drone flying around shooting at deer (though that would certainly be alarming), but they want to make sure hunters don't violate landowners' rights, get too much of an unfair advantage in their hunt or disrupt other hunters.

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A Montgomery man has been charged by the Fish & Wildlife Department for allegedly feeding bears.

Jeffrey Messier was charged with intentionally feeding the animals, according to a Fish & Wildlife press release.

“Game Warden Sgt. Carl Wedin received a report of a bear being killed in self-defense at a neighboring residence on June 22, 2014.  Sgt. Wedin responded and recovered the bear.  Its stomach contained a large number of sunflower seeds.