SPRINGFIELD -- Several food sources that wildlife eat in the fall, such as acorns, beechnuts and apples, are not as abundant this year, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

State Wildlife Biologist Forrest Hammond said that every year in late September and early October, Fish and Wildlife staff go to various mast stands in the state to study these food sources. This year they found that the amount of beechnuts is very low compared to last year, when they were the highest they had been since 1998. Hammond also said that acorns and apples are not doing as well this year in comparison to 2017 and that deer and turkeys are primarily feeding in fields.

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