Federal wildlife funding cuts could hurt other programs

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A proposal to cut federal funding for the state Wildlife Grants program could prompt a reduction in other Vermont programs.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service program provides money for a variety of nontraditional projects. Examples would include a plan to write atlases of birds and butterflies in the state and studies looking into the health of Vermont bobcats.

Tom Decker of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says the state has been getting between $500,000 and $750,000 a year from the program since 2001.

The Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies estimates Vermont would lose $225,000 next year.

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