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Public hearings on Vt. moose, deer regulations

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Hunters can weigh in on Vermont deer and moose regulations at a series of hearings beginning March 25 in Springfield.

High on the agenda will be the health of the moose population. The state cut the number of hunting permits in recent seasons down to 285 last year from a high of nearly 1,200 a decade ago. Officials say their efforts to reduce population pressures were successful, but that today's lower population is now having a hard time rebounding because of threats from ticks to high temperatures.

"We had to lower their numbers. Now, all of a sudden we're dealing with a recent phenomenon with perhaps changing weather, tick loads that are getting higher, so we're addressing our tension on that and we're actually taking a very conservative approach to not overdue the hunting on moose," said Mark Scott of the Vt. Fish and Wildlife Department.

In an effort to generate more feedback from the public on both moose and deer, officials say for the first time this year they combined the meetings for both animals.

The hearings take place from 7-9 p.m., starting Tuesday in Springfield. Wednesday there is hearing in Barton. And Thursday's hearing in Middlebury will also be live-streamed by Vermont Public Television.

Public hearings on Vermont's deer and moose herds:

  • March 25 - Springfield - Riverside Junior High School Cafeteria, 13 Fairground Road, Springfield
  • March 26 - Orleans - Lake Region Union High School Cafeteria, 317 Lake Region Road, Barton
  • March 27 - Middlebury - Middlebury Union High School Cafeteria, 73 Charles Avenue, Middlebury

For more information -- www.vtfishandwildlife.com

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