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Hunting in Vermont: 3 Animals Designated Nongame, Endangered, Threatened, and Protected Species

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 04:53 PM

Hunting in Vermont requires a knowledge of the state's rules and regulations about licensing and education requirements. Knowing which animals are protected in Vermont is another responsibility of each hunter. Vermont has populations of such rare breeds as the spotted turtle and bald eagle.

Here are three animals that are listed as endangered and therefore off-limits for hunting in Vermont.

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1. Little Brown Bat (Endangered)
Several endangered bats species are noted on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Natural Heritage Inventory. This list was last updated in April 2015 and includes several other bats of note: the threatened eastern small-footed bat, and other endangered bat species including the Indiana bat, tri-colored bat and the northern long-eared bat.

2. Spotted Turtles (Endangered)
Spotted turtles are the only turtle species listed as endangered in Vermont, but the wood turtle, northern map turtle, eastern musk turtle and spiny shell soft turtles also are protected as threatened or of special concern. VTDigger.org’s Audrey Clark explains that the turtles are only found in the southern and central areas of Vermont.

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3. Bald Eagles (Endangered)
Bald eagles are federally protected, and described as a success story by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Vermont is home to 16 territorial pairs which is, in part, the result of a reintroduction program of 29 birds in the city of Addison. In January 2015, a record 51 Bald Eagles were observed in the state, well above the previous record of 30 eagles reported in 2010, according to the Vermont Audubon Society.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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