Where are all these squirrels coming from?!
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Throughout the Northeast, including parts of Vermont, it seems like there are a lot of squirrels around. Both live squirrels, squirreling around the woods and our yards, as well as dead squirrels dotting the roads. 

But is there really a squirrel population boom going on (spoiler alert: there is)? Where is it coming from?

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A Nature Conservancy project in northern Vermont will store carbon to meet California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. The group says proceeds from the sale of these “carbon credits” will pay for future land protection projects.

This catamount is on display at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says there is no evidence that the catamount is still roaming in the Northeast, and the federal agency has officially removed the large cat from the federal endangered species list.

This is the shortnose sturgeon that was recently caught in Vermont. Scientists aren't sure at the moment how the sturgeon got into the state.
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An endangered fish was hooked recently in the Connecticut River near Vernon.

Nesting pairs of bald eagles produced 35 young in 2017. Just ten years ago, there were no nesting pairs in the state.
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Bald eagles nested in Vermont in record numbers this year. The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says 21-pairs of adult bald eagles produced 35 young.

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Wild turkeys were once extirpated from the Vermont landscape because of over-hunting and loss of forest land. Now they number somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000.

A moose in the Nulhegan Basin Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Brunswick, Vt. Gov. Phil Scott is raising concerns about a plan by the federal government to expand the refuge.
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The federal government just released its final plan for the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The government says it wants to expand Conte, including adding about 54,000 acres along four rivers in Vermont that flow into the Connecticut.

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When a forest floor or an open meadow is covered in snow, there is a magical story being written on that blank slate. It's a ballet of movement by voles, fishers, otters, deer, and raptors.

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Anyone who lives in Vermont sees roadkill. From porcupines and squirrels littering the sides of roads to the more dangerous deer on the highway. But squashed critters are just one part of a discussion about how important it is that wildlife can move around the state - to feed, mate, hunt, and maintain genetic diversity. We're talking about the effort to make driving safer for Vermonters and help the state's wildlife thrive as well.

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Who knows what lurks in the forest? Well, there are plenty of clues about at this time of the year. You just need to know how to identify the telltale signs being left by wildlife.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife Director of Wildlife Mark Scott and George Leoniak, owner of Leoniak Tracking Services of Marlboro, offer their tips on reading those clues and share their stories of tracking animals in the wild.

Vermont hunters killed almost 250 moose last month, officials say.

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday that bow hunters took 23 moose during archery season Oct. 1-7. During regular moose season from Oct. 19-24, hunters took 197 moose, according to Cedric Alexander, Vermont’s moose project leader.

Alexander said the moose population is being scientifically managed, and the department is also tracking the number of ticks found on reported moose.

Nancy Carey

Wed 7/24/13 Noon & 7PM When you find bird with a broken wing outside your living room window, who do you call? There are 16 people in this state licensed to rehabilitate wild animals. They take in animals of all kinds (except ungulates) and follow strict protocols to get them back into the wild safely.

We'll talk to Kim Royar from the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and wildlife rehabilitators Nancy Carey and Craig Newman.