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Rabies bait drop will continue

Posted on August 13, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — The annual Rabies Bait Drop, a cooperative effort between Vermont and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services to stop the spread of the rabies, started on Aug. 8. The approximately week-long bait drop is part of a nationally coordinated effort to halt the fatal disease. Rabies vaccine, in the form of a sweet-smelling oral bait that is attractive to raccoons and skunks, will be dropped across rural Addison County areas by low-flying aircraft and placed by hand in residential centers.

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Vermonters seeing more damage caused by bears

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — As incidents of bears breaking into homes, garages, sheds and vehicles in Vermont increases, so too should efforts by residents to bear-proof their homes and secure potential outdoor food sources that can attract bears.

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Biologist: Humans are cause of bear problems

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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MIDDLEBURY — Bears aren’t the problem — you are.

This was the gist of the presentation given Wednesday evening by Forrest Hammond, a bear biologist for Vermont Fish & Wildlife, to a crowd of locals concerned by the spate of recent bear sightings around the area. About 70 people crowded the Middlebury Town Offices for the talk, which covered the biology and behavior of the Eastern black bears that call Addison County home — and what we can do to mitigate their encroachment into our backyards.

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Pet of the week: Jade

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Hannah Manley



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Jade turned 12 in June. We adopted her at seven months from a shelter in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont — she was found as a stray wandering around a college parking lot. Jade beat cancer two and a half years ago and since then she has had a new lease on life! She never used to care for dog toys and now she loves the companionship of this little bear as well as some traditional chew toys. Jade is my best friend and I am eternally grateful for her second chance.

Hannah Manley

Panton

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Citizen scientists needed to monitor Vermont's turkey broods

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont. To help make sure that the flocks are healthy and well managed, their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August.

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Biologist talks about local bears Aug. 1

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermonters of all ages are invited to attend a presentation about Vermont’s black bears at the Middlebury Town Offices on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m. In light of the momma bear and three cubs taking up residence in Buttolph Acres earlier this year, this is a very timely info session.

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Homeward Bound Q&A: Therapy dogs?

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



Dear Homeward Bound,

Does your organization ever provide therapy dogs for visitation to local hospitals or rehabilitation centers?

From,

Curious

Dear Curious,

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The Outside Story: Male mallards aren't as nice as they look

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul



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Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings” is one of my favorite childhood books. I loved the way Mr. and Mrs. Mallard interacted, their seemingly endless search for the perfect nesting place, the description of classic Boston neighborhoods, and the whimsical names of their eight ducklings.

Not until I started reading the story to my own children, several years ago now, did I notice Mr. Mallard ditches Mrs. Mallard after the ducklings hatch, leaving her to tend to eight kids on her own, amid the dangers of snapping turtles and Boston traffic.

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Matt Dickerson: Coping, Part 2: Wildlife noisy on Otter Creek

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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I heard the osprey before I saw them. Though their high-pitched peeps may be less majestic than their famous talons-first plunges into water from 60 feet in the air, they are loud.

I looked into the sky and spotted the talkative raptor soaring at treetop level, circling its nest with a fish dangling from its talons. Was it excited about its catch? Or had it been disturbed from its nest by our presence or the presence of an angler fishing from the bank nearby?

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Town: Dog rescuer violates health order

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh dog rescuer Sheila McGregor is out of compliance with a town board of health order related to a rat infestation on the Sand Road property she rents, according to the Ferrisburgh selectboard.

But, said selectboard Chairman Rick Ebel, is it not clear what the next steps are for the town because McGregor has appealed the town Board of Health’s order to the Vermont Department of Health.

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