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Re: “Beavers, Bees and Bad Policies: Wildlife in the News

The beehive they "won" will likely be taken care of *with all the other beehives at the Intervale* by the Vermont Beekeepers Association which has had hives there for many many years. You make it sound like this is something new and shiny.

Posted by E. Sutor on 08/21/2018 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Beavers, Bees and Bad Policies: Wildlife in the News

You should discuss this with Vermont Fish and Wildlife. They've been doing this for decades. It would also be cool to see how many Vermonters think that Beavers are "trash", especially from the hunting and trapping communities that take care to manage their populations with care and efficiency. Not to mention all the naturalists who enjoy the wildlife and landscape that their home has to offer.

Posted by IAmNobody on 08/19/2018 at 10:38 AM

Re: “A Humane Society Program Gives Outdoor Cats a Chance

Our native songbird population is desperately struggling to survive, with several species in rapid decline. The VT Fish and Wildlife Dept biologists are working hard to get landowners to help with habitat preservation and nesting habitat and protect these birds before it's too late. Why does the the Humane Society think it's ok to release these efficient predators so they can have a "happy life" for years to come, and fine with them hunting whatever native species they can get their paws/fangs on? Cats orten kill for "fun" and don't even eat it. If you have a cat that is to vicious to be adopted, build a cat zoo, or euthanize them painlessly, but it is not defensible to release them to hunt at will. A cat hunting outside everyday has been shown to kill over 50+ songbirds per year in pur area. Love your cat (or dog) all you want but keep them inside or on a leash if out.

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Posted by James Berry on 08/17/2018 at 9:07 PM

Re: “A Humane Society Program Gives Outdoor Cats a Chance

I think you need to read Dr Peter Marra's nonfiction book called Cat Wars. As a population ecologist and migratory bird specialist, he reviews the damage feral and outdoor cats inflict on birds, small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, driving extinctions, and spreading parasites such as Toxoplasma gondii, which we most certainly do not want entering our food or water supplies, or ending up in our grazing areas or feed and water areas for livestock. Barn cats is a terribly unhealthy practice, for humans, animals, and the wildlife.

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Posted by Johanna Van de Woestijne on 08/17/2018 at 5:17 PM

Re: “A Humane Society Program Gives Outdoor Cats a Chance

Ask any wildlife rehabber what the bane of their existence is. Cats, cats, cats. They injure and kill millions of creatures. These barn cat people are foolish. They've irrationally decided that invasive non-native predators are more important than native wildlife. Shame on them.

9 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by oaktree9560 on 08/16/2018 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Beavers, Bees and Bad Policies: Wildlife in the News

Great news for the beavers. Thanks Lush!

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Posted by oaktree9560 on 08/16/2018 at 9:13 PM

Re: “A Humane Society Program Gives Outdoor Cats a Chance

This is insane. Domestic cats let outside, and feral cats, are a scourge to native songbird populations. Cats do not limit themselves to mice, and do not kill large rats. I guess the Humane Society does not give a crap about native songbirds and other ground nesting species such as Ruffed Grouse, turkey and ducks. Just google U.S. Fish and Wildlife domestic and feral Cat studies - scientifically proven that cats allowed outside are decimating North American songbirds. Contact the VT Fish and Wildlife songbird biologist as well. Keep you cats inside or on a leash if outside.

10 likes, 15 dislikes
Posted by James Berry on 08/16/2018 at 10:06 AM

Re: “Old Dog, New Trick: Vermont Wields Enhanced Animal Cruelty Law

It's interesting how upset we get over dogs and horses, but with cows, deer, chickens and pigs we let farmers inflict all the cruelty they feel is necessary.

Posted by Ali B on 06/23/2018 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Seeking the Snakes of Vermont

Awesome article!!

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Posted by Rachael Ashak-Benson on 05/29/2018 at 6:19 PM

Re: “In St. Albans, an Unlikely Avian Shelter Takes Roost

I think I would like to foster a bird.

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Posted by Jill Pilkenton Snapp on 03/31/2018 at 2:44 PM

Re: “Old Dog, New Trick: Vermont Wields Enhanced Animal Cruelty Law

This just makes me sick to see how these animals are being treated like for real why is that people who are taking care of animals are always abusing them and the fact that tons of them dont care about their animals like if youd rather beat them they why do have them in the first place comensence dont adopt a animal if you're going to abuse them Im doing a project on animal abuse and looking at pictures of them abused just kills my heart but Ill be doing a capstone on it Rant over

Posted by Haley Limlaw on 03/23/2018 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Old Dog, New Trick: Vermont Wields Enhanced Animal Cruelty Law

The only innocent victim here was the dog whose owners ignore the leash law assuming their dog miraculously knows where their property line is and whose neighbor took a shot at it rather than communicate. This case just illustrates why it can be a tough world to be a dog.

As an old 4-H'er, I was taught to respect the law, and to keep my animals on my own property. Of course it goes to keeping the animal safe from harm and being a good neighbor, but it can go well beyond that too. If your loose animal causes an accident you are liable for damages a driver's responsibility is always to human life first.

Case in point. One person was killed and another injured when their vehicle struck and killed a bull on Route 4 in Killington, VT at approximately 35 to 40 MPH after which the vehicle veered into a tree. The owner of the bull was charged with involuntary manslaughter and could face 15 years in prison because he failed to rectify inadequate fencing even though his bull was a frequent escapee. It was that failure to address an ongoing hazard to the public that elevated the bull owner's liability beyond financial damages to serious criminal negligence as far as the prosecutor was concerned.

Although the owner wasn't arrested they now have a record of bad judgement and ignoring the law. If they ever have another dust up over failing to take proper care of their animal the authorities have every right to consider their history.

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Posted by Mary Richter on 09/02/2017 at 4:08 PM

Re: “Old Dog, New Trick: Vermont Wields Enhanced Animal Cruelty Law

The fact is, any one that takes on the care of another life, whether it is our human children or other species, is taking on all that comes with it. We must be responsible for their safety and well-being, for the costs associated, and do the best we can and yes, sometimes that can feel very overwhelming but, that doesnt make it any less our responsibility.

To the people that shoot animals that come on their property, the sight of an animal should inspire something other than the thought or desire to shoot and kill that life. An unleashed dog, is not a naughty or bad dog. It is a dog either in need of help or in need of a guardian to step up and be more responsible. Use your thinking skills to find alternative methods of handling the situation if you need to but, dont attack the dog. I do believe there should be strict laws and harsh punishment for those who intentionally, and without necessity, harm innocent, vulnerable lives (regardless of species.) Evolve and go find something more productive to do.

Finally, I am sorry if this sounded very harsh. There are lessons we all have to learn and things we should think about. As adults, we should be teaching our children what being responsible is about. That starts with us being responsible for the choices we make and the things that result from those choices. I am very happy to hear that this dog is recovering well though I am saddened for the further trauma she has had to endure through no fault of her own. I am also happy that there are laws in place to help hold this man accountable for his cruelty to this innocent and vulnerable dog.

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Posted by Kala Wrea on 08/17/2017 at 3:52 PM

Re: “Old Dog, New Trick: Vermont Wields Enhanced Animal Cruelty Law

I will never agree with what this man did to this dog but, in the same way that I think he needs to be fully accountable for his actions, so do I believe that the owners should be accountable for not being more responsible with the dog they chose to rescue. I also think they should be accountable to their neighbors who might not feel safe having a dog running freely about and on their property. It isnt their job to tell you where your dog is. Also, if you are not supervising your dog, how do you know the dog is staying within the 20 acre property lines? They dont have any way of knowing what property is theirs to roam or not. As to notifying the owner before taking action, don't assume that everyone is going to know you or your dog, or know where to find you.

An unsupervised, freely roaming dog is a vulnerable, unprotected dog. It is your job to protect them when you take them in to your care. You would not let your 3 year old child out, unsupervised, and expect nothing will happen to them while they are roaming freely about.

If the dog accidentally slipped a lead or escaped from the house, then I would advise taking measures to prevent such an occurrence in the future. That is your responsibility. Anything less is on you and any vet bills that come of it are considered natural consequences for which you, rather than the generous public should be paying. Accidents happen, sure but, they are not without fault and anyone with pets has at one time or another, vet bills which can get rather high.

10 likes, 16 dislikes
Posted by Kala Wrea on 08/17/2017 at 3:50 PM

Re: “A Turtle Meets Fast Fate

I understand your sadness. Today a car ran over a Blandings turtle in the parking lot of my nature center, where I work. They came in to tell me. It was still alive but beyond help. I carefully carried it over to a shaded space near the pond where I've seen it before. It put its head out and looked around. I told it how sorry I was that this had happened to it. Then I left it. I didn't have a way to "put it down" as local farm people say. I know it will probably become food for another animal. But I grieve its loss. I hope it was on its way back from laying eggs. Hours later, I am still mourning the death of this beautiful creature, "a turtle, just being a turtle", as you said.

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Posted by Jill Gudding Martin on 06/18/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Scratch ... and Sniff? Vermont Lottery's Pet Project

Good luck Laura Prive and TJ. If anyone should win we up here in Vt Think It Should Be Your TJ Laura you would do anything for your Cats And They ALL Lover You Back
Good Luck

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Posted by Lori Royea on 04/06/2017 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Scratch ... and Sniff? Vermont Lottery's Pet Project

My TJ is there! Can't wait to put his picture out there!

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Posted by Laura Prive on 04/06/2017 at 6:57 PM

Re: “When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters

I don't know how you "gain an appreciation" for "Mother Nature" when you shoot an animal for no reason -- not even to eat it. I'm sad to read that although Mr. Elmer admires the birds, he still plans to take his grandchildren crow hunting. Grandparents can teach many wonderful lessons. This is not one of them.

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Posted by Virginia on 03/05/2016 at 3:58 PM

Re: “When Crows Outsmart Their Hunters

Ditto, Laura! I felt the same way - why kill them if you respect them so much? Especially when killing them serves absolutely no purpose, although I've known a few farmers who would shoot crows eating their corn shoots and leave the dead crows in the field. They all said it would stop the rest of the crows from eating the field. So in that case I can see the purpose, but otherwise they have a lot to teach us and are far more intelligent than most people give them credit for.

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Posted by Elrod on 02/25/2016 at 4:44 AM

Re: “Billy the Cat Talks Napping, Ankles and Mice

Yes, I'm a big fan of Billy. Billy's Belly for President! Great article Pamela and Anson!

Posted by Eva Sollberger on 02/25/2016 at 1:42 AM

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