On Jan. 25, 2012, San Diego County supervisors Diane Jacob, Greg Cox and Bill Horn forced a measure through over the strenuous objection of the other two supervisors to allow a youth turkey hunt in Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve on March 24-25. Doing so required rewriting legal agreements and the county definition of "preserve" in order to benefit a few hunters.
The California Wildlife Conservation Board then signed off on the proposal without a public hearing, or ANY public input! They refused to even put the item on the agenda for their February meeting so the public could be heard.
No environmental impact report was done on the impact the hunt could have on sensitive habitat, in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act.
This plan amounts to a taxpayer handout to a small group of hunters and their children, who will have exclusive use of the Preserve to shoot turkeys, while the rest of the public is locked out. Typically 50-100 people use the area for normal recreational activities.
Please ask the Wildlife Conservation Board to rescind its approval of this controversial proposal until an environmental impact report is done!
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