Keep South Iris Road Closed to Firearm Hunting

Keep South Iris Road Closed to Firearm Hunting

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There are two young families directly impacted by the opening of this parcel to all types of hunting, particularly firearms hunting. The two families sandwich this parcel. One of the residents, 19201 Iris Road, is a US Army Veteran with PTSD. His family moved into the house in June 2018 along with the veteran's service dog. The veteran understood the parcel to be restricted so much so that no one could walk on the land. This provided much safety and security for the veteran. 

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife magically obtained this parcel of land that totals 50 acre parcel despite the neighboring residents wanting to purchase it from the previous owner. That deceptive land purchase was disheartening. Then, with little public announcement, U.S. Fish and Wildlife have decided they would remove the restrictions on the parcel and go to the extreme of clearing the trees for a parking lot and open it to all types of hunting including firearms hunting. 

 

While 50 acres seems like a lot of land and space, if one were to actually see the property including the neighboring parcels owned by the two young families with young children, one would quickly realize this does not promote safe hunting. Instead, it merely appears positive in that it adds to the total acreage that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife have opened to hunting to expand hunting to the public including those with disabilities. Approximately 12 acres of this land is accessible. The majority of this land is swamp. To access the desirable high ground portions, one would need to trespass through the neighboring residents. Again, one of which is a U.S. Army veteran with service connected PTSD.

 

There are hundreds upon hundreds of acres the U.S. Fish and Wildlife within the Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge could be opened for public hunting. This petition is to encourage the U.S. Fish and Wildlife organization to make smart decisions, not what is desirable on paper. Force them to care about veterans and those with disabilities. Force them to be responsible with tax payer dollars (why put in a culvert, road, and parking lot to an area that may not even see actual hunting because it's not actually accessible hunting land?)

 

I cannot speak for the other areas that are also slated to be opened to public hunting as a part of this 2019-2020 plan. This petition is to keep closed the South Iris Road section. 

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