Snow goose season set for March-April

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife has set the dates for this year's snow goose hunting season.

The 2014 snow goose hunting season in Vermont will run from March 11 through April 25. The daily bag limit is 15 snow geese, and there is no possession limit.

Since 2009 hunters have been able to pursue snow geese during the spring as a result of a special management action by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service referred to as a "conservation order," which has been adopted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board.

The measure was in response to concerns about a growing number of snow geese across North America.

Hunters must have a Vermont hunting license and other permits required to hunt migratory waterfowl.

Wildlife officials warn of restless, grumpy bears

MONTPELIER (AP) -- Vermont Fish and Wildlife officials are warning the public to beware of grumpy bears.

Wildlife experts say the fickle winter weather has exposed bear dens, prompting the bears to awaken from hibernation routines.

Officials say they have fielded reports of bears at bird feeders and roaming around residential areas.

The Burlington Free Press quotes wildlife officials as saying rabbit hunters should be especially cautious because the disrupted bears will often bed down in evergreen thickets.

They also warn hunters, hikers and skiers not to follow bear tracks, saying some bears may be travelling with newborn cubs.

Vt. Arts Council to help groups seek grants

MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Arts Council is going to be holding workshops to help prepare non-profit groups seek grants to enhance their buildings.

The deadline for applying for the grants of up to $30,000 is May 1.

The free informational Cultural Facilities Grant Seeker Workshops will be held Feb. 18 and 19 and March 5.

Vermont non-profit organizations and municipalities interested in applying for the grants are urged to attend one of the workshops.

The Feb. 18 event will be held in St. Johnsbury, Feb. 19 in Bethel and March 5 in Middlebury.

The grant program helps nonprofit organizations and municipalities enhance, create or expand existing buildings to provide cultural activities for the public. Eligible improvements include wiring, heating, accessibility features, lighting, and stage work.