Vermont’s big game populations of bear, deer, moose and wild turkey are thriving, but there are threats to habitat and some wide regional variations in their numbers. A new ten year plan drafted by the Fish and Wildlife Department attempts to address these issues – and includes some intriguing suggestions – like special hunting seasons to reduce the number of deer in suburban areas, and increased regulation of captive animal facilities in Vermont, where penned deer are hunted.
Lawrence Pyne is the host of Vermont Public Television’s Outdoor Journal. John Buck is a biologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. They speak wityh VPR’s Steve Zind about the plan and the future of big game managment in Vermont.