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Some Vt. trails closed to protect peregrine falcons

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Hiking season is getting underway, but some popular trails are off limits to protect peregrine falcons.

Peregrines breed in cliff-side nests, and wildlife biologists say the big birds are very sensitive to human presence. So each spring, the state closes hiking trails that pass close to nesting sites.

Ten trails are affected this year, most of them in Addison and Chittenden counties:

  • Barnet Roadcut (Barnet) - Rte 5 pullout closed
  • Bolton Notch (Bolton) - Upper Upper West cliff closed to climbing
  • Bolton Quarry (Bolton) - portions closed to climbing
  • Deer Leap (Bristol) - closed
  • Fairlee Palisades (Fairlee) - cliff top closed
  • Marshfield Mt (Marshfield) - portions closed to climbing
  • Mt. Horrid (Goshen) - Great Cliff overlook closed
  • Nichols Ledge (Woodbury) - cliff top closed
  • Rattlesnake Pt (Salisbury) - cliff top closed
  • Snake Mt (Addison) - overlook south of pond closed

You can find the latest information on cliff closures on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department website -- www.vtfishandwildlife.com or by calling 802-241-3700. You can report peregrine sightings by calling Vermont Fish and Wildlife or emailing fwinformation@state.vt.us

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