STOP THE SLAUGHTER

STOP THE SLAUGHTER

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Gary Ward started this petition to Department of Interior The National Park Service/

My name is Gary L. Ward Jr. and I am the owner/operator of Wildlife Passion Outdoors. I have been a hunter in Maryland  for over 30 years. Today it was brought to my attention that the park service has given the green light to FEDERAL SHARPSHOOTERS to go onto our National parks in this state and thin our deer herds. Now keeping in mind I understand that keeping the deer numbers at a manageable number to promote forest growth is completely acceptable. My issues are with the fact that thousands of Maryland hunters whom did not harvest a deer this season and have paid for their licenses and ammo, ARE NOT being given the opportunity to take these deer that the park service has set into motion to slaughter! I also understand that a lot of those deer will feed the homeless and less fortunate. We purchase licenses in the Hope's we will be successful in our season. I believe these opportunities that the FEDERAL SHARPSHOOTERS are going to have to take out deer should be given to those who invest in those licenses, permits so on and so forth. We have thousands of youth hunters who dream of getting their first deer, that never get a chance and potentially get discouraged and end up ultimately losing interest in the TRADITION. I STRONGLY BELIEVE that if our deer numbers are so high, then the deer season should be extended to address the issues. NOT have sharpshooters go out and and slaughter! I will have overwhelming support on this from THE MARYLAND HUNTING COMMUNITY! MARYLAND HUNTING LICENSE HOLDERS SHOULD BE GIVEN THESE OPPORTUNITIES! OPEN more parks to hunting and I think you will find that Maryland  hunters are more the capable of managing our herds. My staff and I are willing to work in tandem with the DNR and The National Park Service to figure out alternative solutions to address the deer herd issues. 

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