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Rob Mullen 
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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

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