- Associated Press - Saturday, February 22, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials say that the loon, the white-tailed deer and the brook trout will be replacing the catamount on the state’s conservation license plates.

Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry says those animals were chosen through public surveys. According to the Burlington Free Press (https://bfpne.ws/1muk9fc ), the catamount has been featured on the plates since 2006.

The new disbursement of funding from the plates, if passed, would support the Non-Game Wildlife Fund, Watershed Grants program, Transportation fund and this year, would help fund Green Mountain Conservation Camps for children.

Brenna Galdenzi , a member of Green Mountain Animal Defenders, says her group supports outdoor educational camps but is worried that conservation money might support children’s camps where hunting and trapping are taught.

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