Vermont briefs

Body found near vehicle submerged in lake

Vermont State Police say a body has been found about 150 yards from a vehicle that had gone through the ice on Lake Champlain in Swanton.

Police say they presume it is 23-year-old William Fournier of Swanton who had been reported missing by friends.

Police say Fournier had been ice fishing with friends in the area of Campbell's Bay on Saturday evening.

Swanton police received a call about a missing person around 11 p.m. Saturday. Law enforcement agencies found the vehicle in the water. Police say due to safety concerns, the search was suspended until daylight on Sunday.

Swanton police say when the search resumed, Vermont State Police troopers and Vermont Fish and Wildlife officers found Fournier's body about 100 to 150 yards from his vehicle.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife seeking donations on tax returns

The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is reminding Vermonters they can help support projects involving nongame species by making donations on their state tax returns.

The Nongame Wildlife Fund helps conserve some of Vermont's most threatened wildlife species such as bald eagles, lynx, and turtles. It also helps imperiled pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

The head of the program, Steve Parren, says the fund has been responsible for some of the great conservation success stories in Vermont.

In the past donations to the Nongame Fund have helped bring back peregrine falcons, osprey, and loons. It is now helping scientists study white nose syndrome, which is affecting many of Vermont's bat species.

Vermont holds spring snow goose hunt

Vermont is again offering a spring hunting season for snow geese aimed at reducing the growing population that officials say is destroying habitat.

The season runs from March 11 through April 22.

Officials say the breeding snow goose population has grown from about 50,000 birds in the mid-1960s to 820,000 birds now that has resulted in damage to crops and marsh vegetation from Quebec to North Carolina.

Vermont is one of eight states to hold such a hunt.

Snow geese usually move through the Champlain Valley in late March and early April during the spring migration. The daily bag limit is 15 snow geese.

Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia are holding similar hunts.

– The Associated Press


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