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Paws to Consider - Ep.#3
8/31/2013 1:23:21 PM


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White Nose Syndrome
disease affects cave-hibernating bats. 6 of our 9 species in Vermont, are vulnerable. 90 to 98 percent of some bat species have been wiped out, including the little brown and the northern long-eared.

While there is no cure for White Nose Syndrome, the questions, 'why should we care' and 'what can we do to help the remaining 10 percent,’ are of utmost importance. Bats are the principal predator of mosquitoes and nocturnal insects that destroy crops, and cause disease.

The Little Brown Bat is endangered.  In the past, they have been killed as pests while roosting in attics. VT Fish and Wildlife ask you to contact them about the safe removal of bats. Until this 10 percent becomes immune or a cure is discovered, call VT Fish and Wildlife bat expert, Alyssa Bennett 802-786-0098.



Paws to Consider - Ep.#2
8/31/2013 11:31:40 AM


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All Breed Rescue in South Burlington depends upon YOU!  This dog rescue organization is an ALL volunteer, community based non-profit operation.  All Breed Rescue does NOT discriminate.  They are dedicated to saving dogs regardless of age, breed, health or behavioral condition.

After 42 months, Striper, a senior dog, was finally placed.
Each month they rescue dogs off of “death row” where dogs have a total of 3 – 5 days to get adopted before being euthanized.  

Visit all breed rescue for information about volunteering OR to learn about their adoption process so YOU might provide one of these dogs with the second chance they deserve – a loving home as a member of your family.  

Paws to Consider - Ep.#1
8/31/2013 11:31:40 AM


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Bear Rehabilitator, Ben Kilhum, is set to release 29 orphaned bear cubs over the next month in VT & NH – once vegetation is green enough and the cubs fat enough to survive.  Last year their mothers were shot and killed for entering chicken coops and bee hives.  Ben suggests a proactive approach – a baited electric fence – using peanut butter, bacon grease, anything enticing.  A bear uses their tongue when investigating a new smell.  They will get zapped, but won’t die – encouraging cubs to stay with their mom’s and deterring the bears from returning.  If you experience bear damage in VT, contact Wildlife Services for Technical Assistance. In NH, you may be able to secure a short term loan of a fence, if available, through Wildlife Services.  If you would like to help Ben Kilhum care for bears, email

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