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Re: “Wildlife Social & Film

How timely this event is! Recent public protest from the majority of NH residents have spoken loudly against the proposed bobcat trapping/hunting and recently the publicized concern from residents of Shoreham, VT with coyote killings. What a marvelous opportunity for the Vermont and New Hampshire /Dartmouth community to have a chance to learn not only how essential predators and wildlife are to the ecosystem but also to gain awareness how we as citizens can do more as animal stewards, learn about sustainable and non-lethal methods ,and how to become advocates against animal and wildlife cruelty or the barbaric-savagery of trapping. Looking forward to an incredible panel of presenters and the feature film; Medicine of the Wolf and meeting the Protect Our Wildlife representatives.

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Posted by Nagualtonal on 04/06/2016 at 2:43 PM

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Re: “Lessons in Kindness: A Vermont Nonprofit Helps Kids Learn Empathy

this is wonderful and soooo very necessary in the society we live in today. Please continue your effort and hopefully you will integrate empathy for wildlife, animals and other living beings into the program! Sadly, too many children are losing their childhood innocence; innate caring and respect for other living creatures while being taught that is it is acceptable to trap them, club them over the head, step on their chests or kill them for no other reason other than ignorance and uneducated misunderstanding of the vital role wildlife plays. They are taught that these kind of activities are acceptable; creating a whole new generation of apathy, cruelty, irreverence, all the while lacking compassion.

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Posted by Nagualtonal on 10/27/2016 at 3:17 PM

Re: “Hunting Foes Want to Snare Seats on Vermont's Fish & Wildlife Board

Evan W- YOU CLEARLY CONFIRMED THE POINT -THANK YOU! Your comment above states you are shocked that anyone would admit that he had trapped 28 cats. Had you read the comment properly you would have recognized the quotation marks indicating that the comment is a record of a statement made by someone other than HIKEVT. HikeVT was merely providing the words and statement that a trapper made in reflection of his negligent and heinous actions at one time. That comment comes from none other than: - --Bill, a former trapper !!! So, we agree, with you; "You were never a sportsman, a conservationist and obviously have no ethics." That comment is a reflection of Bill the former trapper who in his good conscience has now left the ugly, "tradition" behind.…

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Posted by Nagualtonal on 10/14/2016 at 11:18 AM

Re: “Hunting Foes Want to Snare Seats on Vermont's Fish & Wildlife Board

To Mr. J. Jerome; You Sir are an outstanding and exemplary example of an ethical hunter! THANK YOU! Your ethic, compassion, respect and reverence is to be commended and admired. Your understanding and ability to reason and appreciate the value of equity and diversity and the value of wildlife biologists ( notably, the VT FWD board recently voted against recommendations of the wildlife biologists in relationship to the bobcat and otter trapping petition) transcends the fraternal turning-of-a-blind-eye to some of the unethical killing and barbaric cruelty of trapping that is legal in Vermont and supported by the in-bred make up of the FWD board.

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Posted by Nagualtonal on 10/13/2016 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Hunting Foes Want to Snare Seats on Vermont's Fish & Wildlife Board

Mr E Bailey- To hunt, fish or take from the natural resources from the state of Vermont is a privilege and yes, it should be charged a fee for licensure and maintenance required to support these opportunities which not only require FWD oversight by game wardens and wildlife biologists but as well as for the administrative effort and supervision of rules, regs and policies. Do you suppose those going into the store can just take things off the shelf for free?? Steal or take all for themselves without leaving ALL the customers a chance to shop? While, you disrespect people with your comment, " the bums on the corner that don't pay the bills? Want more say? Put your money where your (mostly) flatlander mouths are." those same people are VERMONT residents who pay their state/federal taxes, are land owners and stewards that contribute in non-consumptive ways to the state by varying means such as volunteerism, work and economic contributions, education and more importantly uphold integrity and ethics in their daily lives. As for ante- up. GLADLY! happy to support an equitable, ethical, and respectful seat at the table to "protect and conserve " the amazing gifts this state has by way of wildlife, habitat and ecosystems.. In fact; in 2011 the US Fish and Wildlife Services reported for the state of Vermont a Retail Sales and Industry Output or Ripple Effect for NON consumptive wildlife viewing the sum of $473,910,583!!!! That alone warrants a seat at the VT FWD board.

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Posted by Nagualtonal on 10/13/2016 at 2:30 PM

Re: “Hunting Foes Want to Snare Seats on Vermont's Fish & Wildlife Board

The title of this page is misleading and incorrect.
It should truly read UNETHICAL KILLING AND TRAPPING FOES to be more accurate.

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Posted by Nagualtonal on 10/12/2016 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Hunting Foes Want to Snare Seats on Vermont's Fish & Wildlife Board

Vermont Fish and Wildlife's mission is: To protect and conserve our fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont. That means ALL people, not just consumptive groups such as trappers or hunters.
Shouldn't we be asking Mr. Lawrence and the rest of the board members; how does a group of trappers, taxidermists and hunters not hold bias and discriminate voting based on their own interests and hobbies? Mr. Lawrence aren't you a trapper notably recognized by the Vermont Trappers Association with the 2015 VTA Hall of Fame?
Lawrence is quoted, "If someone is totally against something, how can they work to support it? Conversely, how does someone who is invested both personally and financially in a particular consumptive activity such as trapping be able to adequately, equitably and ethically make a decision that represents ALL people and supports the tenets of "protect and conserve" wildlife, fish and plants and their habitats.

As for experience, there are many wildlife, environmental biologists, Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Wildlife Rehabilitators with vast experience with specific and also wide range of wildlife, ecosystems and management (scientific- based alternative and creative not just trapping, killing management methods) who could be VT FWD board members.

It is TIME that the non-consumptive Vermonters have an equitable and a representative seat at the table

Oh, by the way... "A small group can make a big noise, and that's what we're experiencing today," Lawrence said. "I've never seen so many people pissed off about winning a vote." Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter said.

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Posted by Nagualtonal on 10/12/2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Sharp Decline in Vermont Moose Herd Raises Questions About Hunting

With only 2000 of any native species in any state there should be armed guards shooting poachers on sight, not an open season, not even a permit season.

. It is concenring that this moose herd is allowed to dwindle to this point without Vermont just shutting down the hunting season for a few years. Yeah - you take a hit for awhile, but moose tags have to be a pretty major cash cow

the Outdoor Recreation Foundation notes that
• Supports 35,000 jobs across Vermont
• Generates $187 million in annual state tax revenue
• Produces $2.5 billion annually in retail sales and services across Vermont
– accounting for 12% of gross state product

THE RESIDENTS OF VERMONT should APPRECIATE THE IMPACT VIEWING MOOSE HAS ON THE ECONOMY AND URGE, PETITION AND CONTACT THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TO HAVE THE FWD SUSPEND THE MOOSE LOTTERY. WHY? ECONOMICALLY........ WILDLIFE VIEWING IS IN THE NUMBER OF 282,000 PEOPLE OR 54% OF THE POPULATION VS HUNTING AT 72,742 OR 14% OF THE POPULATION. Therefore, of the $2.5 billion dollars in sales, and $187 dollars of tax revenue; 54% of people who are viewing wildlife ( to include moose ) are contributing to the overall economy of Vermont. The Fish and Wildlife page actually dedicates a section to wildlife viewing with a specific notice about observing moose in June 2016.
Also, how is this moose permit season keeping with the FWD's 2010-2020 management strategy points?Management Strategies:
Maintain a statewide fall post-hunt population of
between 3,000 and 5,000 moose.

The moose lottery is now open. SHAME ON THE VT FWD for considering dollars over the sustainable health of the moose in this state! What will moose hunters hunt when the moose are all gone?

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Posted by Nagualtonal on 07/22/2016 at 12:08 PM

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