Vt. lawmakers weigh in on new trapping rules
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont lawmakers Thursday weighed in on new proposed rules for trapping and hunting coyotes with dogs.
A key legislative committee signed off on the core part of the rules, which require GPS collars and registration for hound hunting of coyotes. Traps must also now be set at least 50 feet back from recreational trails.
Vermont lawmakers say they tried to strike a balance between wildlife advocates and hunting groups. “The department and the board and the committee and legislative council -- we have all tried to collaborate and work together and get someplace, knowing we all wouldn’t agree at the final point,” said Rep. Trevor Squirrell, D-Underhill
The panel objected to a few of the rules, including setback exemptions for traps placed underwater or ice
Department staff have two weeks to make changes.
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