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Three Teens Lost in Woods at Killington

Three boys skied out of bounds at Killington Ski Resort on Jan. 29 and ended up lost in the woods.

The three, two 15-year-olds and a 14-year-old, all of Medfield, Mass., called for help about 12:30 p.m. on a cell phone.

Using cell phone coordinates, Killington Ski Patrol was able to direct the boys through the woods to a local hiking trail, which led them to awaiting police about 45 minutes later.

The youth were all OK and refused any medical assistance.


Bats in Your Home or Barn?

Bat

Vermont Fish & Wildlife is wanting to let people know that this is the time that bats might show up in people's homes, barns or, as recently happened, even the Vermont Statehouse.

F&W encourages people to remember that bats are having a hard time these days with several species protected under the Endangered Species Act.

If you find a bat in your home and want help, get in touch with a local game warden.

Click here for or more information.


Well-Known Wildlife Biologist Dies

From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department via Facebook.

Well-known Vermont wildlife biologist Bob Fuller passed away on Fri, Jan 20. Fuller is considered the founder of Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area. He worked to restore wetlands and waterfowl populations, and established Vermont's first-ever breeding populations of wild Canada geese, for which he received the prized Charles Banks Belt Award from the Atlantic Waterfowl Council, as well as the wildlife Conservationist-of-the-year Award from the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs.

He was also the first chair of the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program at UVM and became an Emeritus Professor after his retirement in 1988. More information on Fuller is available here.


Skier dies at Sugarbush

A Massachusetts man is dead after hitting a tree at Sugarbush Resort, according to Vermont State Police.

Police saidJeffrey O'Connor, 39, of Hampden, Mass., was skiing at the resort Jan. 16 with his family when he went off the groomed run and hit a tree head-on.

Ski patrol and other first responders attempted life-saving techniques, but were ultimately unsuccessful, police said.  O'Connor was then transported down the mountain and transferred over to Mad River Valley Ambulance Service who pronounced O'Connor as deceased.

O'Connor was not wearing a helmet and suffered "significant head injuries," according to the police report. His body was sent to the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

O'Connor leaves behind a wife and three young children.