OPPOSE Hunting in Mercer County Park, NJ

OPPOSE Hunting in Mercer County Park, NJ

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michelle Patrone started this petition to Lucylle Walter and

The Mercer County Board of Freeholders & the Mercer County Park Commission (MCPC) has opened up Mercer County Park to bow and firearm hunting beginning October 29 and ending February 16, 2019.  

The SAFETY of the local residents, children and the visitors to the park is PARAMOUNT, but has been ignored. The MCPC has posted a few signs; however many people do not stop to read the signs or even notice them. The local communities were not made aware of the hunting. The park will remain open during hunting. People using the park are appalled to find out that hunting is happening while they recreate.

This is a highly populated park with many attractions. Beautiful walking & extensive wooded trails are heavily used for biking, hiking, birding, fishing and walking within nature.  Many playgrounds and sport fields (soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, basketball, cricket) and the tennis center host daily leagues, children's practices and tri-state tournaments. There is a large rowing facility used by high schools and crew organizations.The ice skating rink will open on Nov 5th.  The fairgrounds hosts concerts, carnivals and events.  This is a HIGHLY USED park which should not be used for hunting!  

The MCPC has given several misleading reasons for hunting: deer overpopulation, Lyme disease and deer/car collisions.  Abundant research studies have shown that : hunting is proven to actually increase deer herd size, there is no association between deer reduction and tick abundance and there is very little/no signage alerting to wildlife and traffic laws are not enforced within the park.

We want this poorly communicated HUNT to STOP NOW!  We want the SAFETY of residents and park goers to be the primary importance.  We want our voices to be heard!

 

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