To the Editor:
I find it amazingly inconsistent that the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife tells people to keep domestic pets under control at all times because dogs will often kill fawns and other baby animals, yet it defends and condones hound “training” — which is essentially allowing packs of radio-collared dogs to pursue a bear for miles while the owner sits in a truck miles away with a handheld GPS.
Sows can be separated from their cubs (baby animals). Vulnerable bears emerging from their dens in poor condition are forced to run miles in the heat of summer.
These packs of hounds are running wild, trespassing on private property and putting people’s pets and livestock and children at risk.
This is not training; this is not hunting; It is reckless, unethical behavior and it needs to be made illegal in Vermont.