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Petitioning Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti and 4 others

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

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.

Letter to
Minister of Natural Resources David Orazietti
South west Zone Manager MNR Ministry of Natural Resources
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs David Zimmer
and 2 others
Premier of Ont. Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne
Stop the hunting of white tail deer within the Shorthills Provincial Park. Safety is a huge priority, as over 100 private residences adjoin the park, as well more than 100,000 visitors use Short Hills Park each year. The scouts have a camp within the park boundaries, and it was in use by campers in January 2013 during the first hunt. The boundaries of Short Hills Park cannot be secured as there are dozens of unauthorized access points used routinely by the public.
The deer population is decreasing as documented in the MNR recent aerial survey of the park (Feb. 2013) , where a decrease of 37.2% was noted from previous survey of 2010.
Over population is not an issue. Please keep our wildlife and park safe