For one week only, Vermont Wolf Patrol is collaborating with For the Love of All Things (FLOAT) on a fundraiser t-shirt sale featuring a beautiful woodcut beaver print by local artist, Laurie Books. $8 of every item purchased will go towards the campaign to end trapping in Vermont and support for proposed legislation that would end recreational trapping in Vermont.
Vermont Wolf Patrol met artist/activist Laurie Brooks while investigating suspected illegal trapping by a trapper employed by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to kill the beavers along a hiking trail in southern Vermont that borders Laurie’s farm. VTrans spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to address beaver conflicts, mostly blocked culverts that threaten to flood roads. What has been discovered is a literal “lethal only” campaign by VTrans, whereby instead of installing non-lethal beaver deception devices, the state hires trappers and frequently uses heavy machinery in sensitive wetlands to destroy dams and beaver lodges.
Besides purchasing a t-shirt, Vermonters are encouraged to also join Vermont Wolf Patrol at the next Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board meeting on March 15, 2023 where recommendations on proposed changes to trapping rules will be discussed. In addition, the board will address proposed regulations created for coyote hunting with hounds as well as wolf recolonization in Vermont!
Next Fish & Wildlife Board meeting: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at the Dill Building, VT Agency of Transportation, Room 135, 2178 Airport Rd, Berlin, VT 05641. The meeting will start at 5:00 PM. Information to join the meeting virtually via Microsoft Teams will be found in the agenda on March 8: vtfishandwildlife.com/about-us/fish-and-wildlife-board