BARTON — Michael Scott of Barton has been named Vermont’s State Game Warden of the Year.
A game warden since 2014, Scott received the award in recognition of his excellent service from Governor Phil Scott on May 23 in Montpelier.
“I want to thank Michael for his outstanding performance in protecting Vermont’s fish and wildlife resources and serving the people of Vermont,” said Governor Scott.
Warden Michael Scott’s district includes the towns of Lowell, Albany, Irasburg, Glover, and Barton.
Warden Scott previously was honored for his heroism in attempting to save the life of an angler who had fallen through the ice on Lake Willoughby.
Scott ran across the thin ice with a rescue line before breaking in himself and held the angler while bystanders pulled them to shore.
“Warden Scott effectively enforces hunting, fishing and trapping laws,” said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “In 2017 he arrested the offender in the notorious ‘moose dragging’ case in which a violator shot and killed a lactating cow moose, likely orphaning her calf, and dragging the carcass 12 miles behind his truck — leaving it to waste beside the road. This case drew national attention and, as a result, the largest monetary donation to Vermont’s “Operation Game Thief” in history.”