Everything Animals -- November 7, 2011
Hunting season is in full swing in Vermont, and state game wardens are out making sure hunters don't break the rules.
Baiting, or putting out material to lure wild animals for hunting, is illegal in Vermont.
State game warden Chad Barrett told us on the Channel 3 news this morning that his Waterbury district typically sees 5 or 6 baiting cases each year.
Baiting is considered a big game violation. That can mean penalties of up to 60 days in jail, fines in the thousands of dollars, and forfeiting anything used in the hunt.
But Barrett says another issue they come across is people feeding wild animals.
"It does two things," he says. "It changes that animal's natural habit on how they feed, which isn't good. And then the other thing is it spreads disease a lot quicker than if they're in their normal just grazing environment."
Barrett says another common violation is night hunting -- or using lights to spot and hunt animals during the night, when the season is closed. Shooting animals from vehicles is also illegal.