Ministry of Natural Resources: Stop the Aboriginal hunt of deer in Shorthills Park
  • Petitioned David Orazietti

This petition was delivered to:

Minister of Natural Resources
David Orazietti
South west Zone Manager MNR
Ministry of Natural Resources
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
David Zimmer
Premier of Ont.
Kathleen Wynne

Ministry of Natural Resources: Stop the Aboriginal hunt of deer in Shorthills Park

    1. Robin Zavitz
    2. Petition by

      Robin Zavitz

      Ridgeville, Canada

For more than fifty years Shorthills Provincial Park has been a sanctuary for wildlife and suddenly the safety of hundreds of deer is now in jeopardy. This natural habitat has been their home and safe haven and they are now at risk of being killed by hunters that will be  hunting them for the next two weekends. In addition, this hunt was not widely publicized (residents backing onto the park were not even notified) and this puts them, as well as park visitors, at risk. Please sign this petition to help stop the  hunt that will soon take place.

See the following articles from the St. Catharines Standard:

“It depends on a lot of things. If there are too many protesters out there and we just walk away, then that's what we'll do. It's really about safety and our concern for the environment,” he said. Please act accordingly!!!

 UPDATE: The MNR and First Nations hunters are currently in negotiations to have another hunt within the park in fall of 2013.  This will be for an extended period of time, as well with the possibility of the use of shotguns. Please sign and share this petition if you have not already done so. We need to keep our park, wildlife and families safe.

Recent signatures


    1. MNR Confirmed Hunt well in planning stages for this winter

      Robin Zavitz
      Petition Organizer

      MNR official Jolanta Kowalski confirmed that a First Nations hunt is being planned for Shorthills again this year. MNR did not voluntarily come forward with this information. This comfirmation was solicited by Steve Henschel of Niagara this Week after he received a Shorthills Wildlife Alliance pamphlet. MNR has refused to answer emails and questions from the public and want to avoid opposition and public imput. PLEASE contact your local MPs and write to Minister of Natural Resources to voice your opinion. There is no time to waste!

    2. Shorthill Park Deer Hunt

      Robin Zavitz
      Petition Organizer

      It is official, MNR has met with First Nations and are planning another hunt within the park this fall/winter season. There is talk of an extended hunting season and perhaps the use of shot guns. Please checkout our FB page Shorthills Wildlife Alliance, and like our page to be kept up to date on the plans, and how you can help to stop this from happening again. Thank you for caring

    3. Reached 2,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Morgan K OAKBANK, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      animals needs to be treated with respect no matter what, this is horrible that this happens! Please stop this!

    • jimmy brand BATESVILLE, AR
      • 11 months ago

      love animals

    • Lisa Galloway FENWICK, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      I run all the time on the trails. They have been left a filthy mess. How can you sanction a hunt in an animal sanctuary>

    • Jordy Groff ST. CATHARINES, CANADA
      • 11 months ago

      I have fond childhood memories of hiking through those woods and it was a magical thing to see a deer. Hunting them in this area should not be tolerated.

      • 11 months ago

      We the taxpayers are supposed to pay for this yet only Indians are allowed in. This should be a place for deer to be safe.


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