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Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

As the Chair of the Fish and Wildlife Board, I believe that the 100 people who made this oversight all had an opportunity to make things right without punishment. When the VT F+W Board passed this regulation, this was our intent-- to get the teeth and corresponding data without any points against hunters' licenses or public stigma and denigration. The system worked.
This "controversy" lands again at the feet of anti-hunters who have been trying to paint the Department poorly for years. Any State employee who is disgruntled should follow existing protocols that protect all employees from abuse. "Bigger fish to fry" should be the mantra for all, and cooler heads should accept the Colonel's apology and move on.
As a side note, I turned in my deer's tooth on Saturday, but I know we are not getting all of those. Biologists are doing a sampling, after all, and do not need 100% to get accurate data. Neither do we need all outdoor sports or State employees to be 100% perfect. People are people, and one has to wonder what ax folks are grinding on this non-issue. Kevin Lawrence, Newbury, VT F+W Board Chair

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Posted by Kevin Lawrence on 11/12/2018 at 10:59 AM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

If the top dog can't follow the rules, how is his employees suppose to trust him. Not to mention he is willing to tarnish the the whole dept. of honest hard working wardens that really put there life on the line. If he is willing to break the law/rules he is suppose to up hold then what else is covered up ?

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Posted by Gbear on 11/11/2018 at 6:34 AM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

Only in Vermont. We worry about a bear tooth and elect a second in command for the State that admits padding his transportation allowance and therefore stealing from the taxpayers. We worry about cost of living and elect the same old tired progs and dems that got us where we are. Wait til you see what they got lined up for us next.
So I've got a request. Would someone please show the president pro tem of the senate how to shave?
That would be progress.

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Posted by Walter Moses on 11/08/2018 at 7:53 PM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

This is pathetic. We've got a war going on. Mass shootings. Homelessness everywhere. Drug addiction. Babies born at an alarming rate addicted to drugs. Do you know how may unsolved missing people there are from Vermont? Unsolved murders? How about false statements made to ruin a supreme court justice candidates career and life?
There are only 22 wardens to cover the whole state during season? Try running your ass off like that. It's a tooth. Might be worth 3 days of unpaid leave. This man should not lose his career over a damn tooth. And no, I don't even know him. JUST GET REAL.

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Posted by Wenda Workman on 11/08/2018 at 5:18 PM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

FreedomToThink - please, can you enlighten us as to the difference between law and statute?

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Posted by Nate Awrich on 11/08/2018 at 9:58 AM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

Trapping? How can anyone argue that that's important or necessary? Hunting is going extinct, like so many animals because of it. Maybe the new Democratic super majority can fix the DFW/FWD. And no, not by taxing and spending!

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Posted by The Oracle on 11/08/2018 at 8:18 AM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

In politics, the cover-up is so often far worse than the "crime." In this case, Colonel Batchelder's transgression could well have been a simple oversight that could happen to anyone; even a Warden. Coming clean immediately could have been a teaching moment that reminded bear hunters of the new regulation in a humanizing fashion. But no. Even worse, Commissioner Porter not only abetted the cover-up but, as he is reported to have said, initiated it!

Then, to toss some barn dressing into the mess, Commissioner Porter tried to distract from the cover-up by baselessly claiming that, "... people who are opposed to our mission of hunting, fishing and trapping have used this as a way to raise questions about our management." Support or opposition to hunting, fishing, and trapping are irrelevant and any questions about FWD management were raised by the actions of Colonel Bachelder and Commissioner Porter. Colonel Batchelders not providing the tooth was an error, though possibly a small one and accidental. The cover-up is not a small issue and certainly not accidental.

Ive often heard and read Commissioner Porter make excellent statements supporting the broad mission of the FWD ( "The mission is the conservation of all species of fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont."). However, in his statement to the reporter, he represented it as, "...hunting, fishing, and trapping..." That might have been essentially true 50 years ago. In the 1960s Vermont had 300,000 400,000 residents and 100,000 or more resident hunting licenses (mine was one every year from 66). Now there are about 65,000 licenses out of 633,000 residents. The statute says, for the people of Vermont and whether 300K or 650K, it means all of us.

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Posted by Rob Mullen on 11/07/2018 at 10:42 PM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

This is a slippery slope- first it's a bear tooth, then it's an out of season trap, then it's a blind eye here or there-- and we're talking about sports with guns, not parking tickets. This is how you become the opposite of what our country and our state stands for. You are supposed to look up to authority. Louis Porter has always been the sub-prime mortgage of the block, but I wish this incident would make an opening for a younger, refreshing and more open individual-- hopefully more enthusiastic about our hunting & social culture- to step in to the role.

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Posted by realtreevt802 on 11/07/2018 at 4:58 PM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

This chief should be fired. WOW and you wonder why there are so many of us that have no trust or respect for these agencies.

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Posted by Leeanne Willoughby on 11/07/2018 at 2:49 PM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

Why doesn't this surprise me? The head of Fish & Wildlife Louis Porter and the Colonel have misled people in the past. They both seem to act as though they're above the law. They alter records, lie to the public, ask their wardens to do things that they don't do themselves etc.... Its bad enough that the Colonel couldn't be bothered to follow the law but what's worse is that he hid it from his wardens and then asked them to enforce the very law he broke! We need to clean house at Fish & Wildlife starting with the head of the Dept. Shameful.

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Posted by Holly Heile 1 on 11/07/2018 at 2:36 PM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

FreedomToThink-
You cant blame this on anti-hunting groups! The wardens rightfully have a concern that they're held to one standard while their chief holds himself to another. And the head of them all - the Commissioner - is the ringleader in the cover-up. Not a great way to instill faith in the system.

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Posted by Dan-oh on 11/07/2018 at 2:25 PM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

It's long past time that the governor, disband the current Fish & Wildlife board which consists only of hunters and trappers, and replace them with Vermonters who actually care about our environment and wildlife. There's more to be made, economically speaking, through tourism by promoting the beauty of the Green Mountains and the many outdoor activities available, then by enabling the hunting subculture.
The actions or inactions of the Board, by promoting for example, "coyote thrill-kill contests' has had a direct impact on the increase of Lyme disease across our state. The science is there, and it has been presented to Louis Porter and the Board a number of times, yet they choose to ignore it, much like the 'climate-change deniers' who think it's just about the weather.

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Posted by Klad Alles Bechtel on 11/07/2018 at 2:15 PM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

As chief of the game wardens, Batchelder has to be held to a higher standard. How can wardens expect to enforce regulations, when not even their boss can be bothered to comply? What's more troubling, though, is that both, Chief and Commissioner then tried to cover the incident up. That certainly raises major concerns about the trustworthiness of the VT F&W Department as a whole. Maybe it's time to shake things up there a bit.

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Posted by born2bwild on 11/07/2018 at 12:45 PM
Posted by The Oracle on 11/07/2018 at 12:12 PM

Re: “The Whole Tooth? Vermont's Head Warden Targeted for Covering His Tracks in Bear Case

Why does this come off as a bunch of anti-hunting groups trying, desperately, to make a mountain out of a mole hill? All this BS over a tooth that wasn't sent in on time...

"some trouble with bear hunters who did not submit a tooth as per Vermont law." - Not law, at all. Statute or ordinance maybe, not law. Substantially different to anyone with a reasonable education.

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Posted by FreedomToThink on 11/07/2018 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Drain the Swamp? Scott Wades Into State Wetland Dispute

The thing is, he didn't know he was building in wetlands. As someone who knows Corey Bertrand and has been at his side the whole time, he would know if he was building on wetlands. The land before he started building was were cows would graze, and it was very dry. You people also need to see that if Corey loses the case, his children and him would be homeless, he would loose so much money, he would go bankrupt, and lose his buisness, which he has workers with families who rely on him.

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Posted by Caleb Bertrand on 11/06/2018 at 11:43 AM

Re: “Drain the Swamp? Scott Wades Into State Wetland Dispute

The article says that the Governor thought a dredge and fill site looked "pretty dry."

Whoa. That's what dredging and filling _does_. Its purpose is to create dry ground, usually to support construction.

And this is a drought year.

IMHO, the Governor should leave this decision to those who have the skills and knowledge to make it.

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Posted by Richard Keith on 10/18/2018 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Drain the Swamp? Scott Wades Into State Wetland Dispute

A little birdie said to send the Governor down to harbor road in shelburne because the Davis's are tearing up wetlands

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Posted by Drunk Duff on 10/18/2018 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Drain the Swamp? Scott Wades Into State Wetland Dispute

Oh, boo hoo to the criminal who bought and built a $600k house, illegally. Laws are laws. A lot are good and founded on science and careful municipal planning and ultimately the will of our electorate, and some are indeed misguided. Regardless, breaking the law because you have kids and like nice things and just felt like it, has never been much of a defense. But we all have those urges. Way too big of a project to credibly cry ignorance. Which in any case, isnt even a legal defense against most infractions.

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Posted by 8675309 on 10/18/2018 at 1:09 AM

Re: “Drain the Swamp? Scott Wades Into State Wetland Dispute

Good journalism. Question remains, however, whether Christine Hallquist and Democrats offer anything better or, in fact, might be even worse? Democratic Party candidate this year is not James Ehlers. It is Christine Hallquist. And she has indicated she supports same disastrous anti-environment policies that emanated from Shumlin administration. For example, under Shumlin and legislation supported by Democrats (Tony Klein, Shap Smith, Chris Bray, etc.), Democrats abandoned 40 year bipartisan commitment to protect ridge lines. They supported filling in streams and wetlands for access roads to mountaintops, and dynamiting of mountain tops so out-of-state, multinational co's could erect wind towers to kill bats and birds. They supported destruction of open space and total exemptions from natural resource protection zoning, including supporting industrial energy development in Act 250 classified wetlands, such as Shelburne Pond headwaters in South Burlington. When South Burlington's Planning Commission told Shumlin's Public Service Board they opposed this, they were ignored (as were countless other jurisdictions across Vermont).

Democrats abandoned support not only for Act 250 land use planning but for zoning that had been encouraged and supported by their own party, under Governor Kunin's Act 200. If campaign finance donors like David Blittersdorf and Duane Peterson wanted it, Democrats supported it.

Christine Hallquist unfortunately has shown no indication she would be different from Shumlin. There were other candidates in Democratic gubernatorial primary but plurality selected the heir to Shumlin, just another pro-F35 fighter jet Chamber of Commerce Democrat, seemingly happy to do the bidding of whatever developers want. Strange and topsy turvy time in Vermont when VT GOP is more pro-environment than Democrats but it's world we live in with current iteration of Vermont Democratic Party.

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Posted by Chris in S. Burlington on 10/17/2018 at 8:42 PM

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