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Pat Koolen 
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Re: “One Controversial Coyote Hunt Is Canceled, and Another Crops Up

The comments made by those "hunters" who favor needless killing and wanton waste only reinforce the beliefs of many Vermonters who feel that open season on any animal, and killing contests, only serve the need of those that want to "target practice" all year long on our wildlife. Making a stew from an animal does not justify, to most well-educated animal advocates and moral Vermonters, the need to have a contest where hundreds of animals could be killed included young pups and mothers. As per the Fish and Wildlife Department, coyotes have little, if any, impact on the thriving deer herd. The excuses that keep surfacing to continue this needless, inhumane practice are becoming ridiculous.

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Posted by Pat Koolen on 01/12/2018 at 10:44 AM

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

The most amazing aspect of the this Board is how they turn a blind eye to all the horrible things that trappers do to the animals they trap. The internet, and social media, is full of horrible videos and photos of these toxic trappers killing wildlife with baseball bats, strangling them with ropes and poles, and crushing and breaking their chests--all for a pelt that is sold to China for $45. The Board, and Department, do not speak out against these atrocities, they do not put rules and regulations into effect regarding how these trapped animals should be killed, nor do they limit the number of fur bearing animals that can be trapped during a season. The department estimates fur bearer populations on the number of dead animals that are killed each year--this method of collecting population data is out-dated, inaccurate and has proven to be useless. The Department also thinks sending out annual surveys to these trappers (which the majority of trappers do not return) is one way to find out how many fur bearers were killed---talk about the fox watching the hen house! Vermonters ask questions about trapping practices and regulations and the Department feels that because we don't kill fur bearing animals we have no right to participate in the process of keeping them, and their habitats, healthy and flourishing? A person doesn't have to set a trap to understand what can affect fur bearing populations, criticize inhumane and immoral practices, and the importance of the balance of nature regarding predators and prey.

31 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Pat Koolen on 10/12/2016 at 6:07 PM

Re: “Vermont Animal-Rights Activists Aim to Keep Pets Safe From Traps

The number of wildlife trapped and killed, for the fur industry, is staggering. Why must our wildlife die at the hands of a few for profit? These animals belong to all of us. I am tried of hearing how trapping regulates wildlife; trapping kills indiscriminately and interferes with the balance of nature. I think Mr. Baroffio's selfish comments reflect his lack of concern for our wildlife, the dangers that traps pose to all animals, and for our community. He has caught dogs and they just scamper off? I am shocked that he would not try to find the owners and follow up to make sure the dog is not hurt. An animal does not fall asleep in a trap because it is relaxed and feeling good. I can not help but think that trapping is truly a lazy person's sport. Mandatory reporting is needed to ensure that our endangered wildlife is protected. Every time a new measure in introduced, that would ensure the safety and true regulation of our wildlife, Our Fish and Wildlife Department always has an excuse as to why it can not be enacted. It is about time that people, scientist and biologist included, who do not kill wildlife be included in the decision making process that directly impacts Vermont's wildlife.

28 likes, 43 dislikes
Posted by Pat Koolen on 10/22/2015 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Williston Gun Club Dispute Heads to Environmental Court

The Boutins are 100% correct in all their assumptions and I applaud their efforts to keep our waters clean and safe. This is not about removing the gun club this is about making sure that they stop polluting the water and surrounding land. I am more appalled by the remarks made by Mr. Belliveau. His excuses are pathetic and very troubling. It seems that the gun club and the town want the easy way out of a situation that from the start was not handled properly and is doing more harm than good.

9 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Pat Koolen on 09/04/2014 at 3:04 PM

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