Remember Pete, the orphaned and now-deceased Vermont moose at the heart of a debate over game farms? Apparently Pete’s not the only thing that’s gone.
From this story in The Boston Globe:
The northern Vermont game preserve where Pete the Moose lived and died is to close, state officials said yesterday, moving Vermont a step closer to ending the practice of allowing wildlife to be imported into the state and fenced in on private hunting grounds. Walt Driscoll, a member of the state Fish and Wildlife Board, said the owner of the Big Rack Ridge hunting preserve told him he planned to close the preserve in Irasburg.
The property has been in the spotlight because of an orphaned moose named Pete that lived there and gained a public following. Driscoll made his comments after a legislative committee approved rules that call for all the deer and moose on Doug Nelson’s preserve to be killed within the next three years to prevent the possible spread of chronic wasting disease. The fatal malady has struck herds of wildlife kept on hunting preserves elsewhere in the country.