WILMINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man is trying to turn his property into a wildlife refuge for bears.
The Brattleboro Reformer reports (http://bit.ly/2xibO7e ) Jim Burke met with the Wilmington Development Review Board on Monday to discuss turning the majority of his 62-acre property into a safe haven for bears and other animals.
Burke says he simply wants the land to provide a safe place for wildlife once him and his wife move. He says there wouldn't be a fence around the property and no one would feed the animals.
The board says Burke must transfer development rights to an organization to meet zoning ordinances for a wildlife refuge.
Officials have advised Burke to consult with his attorney as the proposal moves forward.
Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/