In response to pleas by hunters, a Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach County, Florida, has proposed allowing hunting of alligators for sport (a portion of the refuge is already open to waterfowl hunting).
The Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat and protection for the formerly endangered American alligator and is home for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The American alligator attracts many visitors to the Refuge. National Wildlife Refuges are the only public lands set aside specifically for wildlife.
According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the majority of the over 300,000 annual visitors to the Refuge are "non-consumptive users" who enjoy photography, bird watching, canoeing, walking on the boardwalk, and hiking or biking on the trails.
Hunting is against the very sense of the term "refuge." The suffering of alligators during public hunts in Florida is undeniable. Alligators are snagged with barbed hooks, pierced with arrows, and stabbed with harpoons. Death is rarely quick and alligators may be left to suffer long after being pulled from the water.
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Please email and mail your "substantive" written comments to:
Rolf Olson, Deputy Project Leader
ARM Loxahatchee NWR 10216 Lee Road Boynton Beach, FL 33473
Sample letter (Please add your own words as well)
I am writing to urge the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge to reject the proposal to allow hunting of alligators in the Refuge. The Refuge should be a place where alligators and other animals are protected from harm, not hunted for sport or profit.
Official Hunting Proposal: http://loxahatcheefriends.com/upload/HuntPlan.html
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