End deer hunting with dogs
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:04 a.m.
Today marks the end of another deer-dog hunting season in Alachua County. Hunters take dogs into the woods to track and run down deer. This hunting practice has been outlawed in Georgia and Pennsylvania because it is cruel to wildlife, and hunting dogs (along with the hunters) do not respect private property rights.
While these hunting dogs are supposed to be under the hunter's control at all times, the reality is they are not. I have seen the dogs run down a fawn coming onto my property. The fawn collapsed from exhaustion and later died. To date, I have had six hunting dogs turn up on my property as strays; skinny, tick-ridden and they all acted as if they had been beaten.
I have contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and have been told that the hunting dogs are a constant problem because the dogs nor hunters respect private property. When hunters trespass onto my property and I call the FWC, it takes over an hour to respond and they say there is nothing they can do even though the hunter's themselves admit they have trespassed. The FWC officer says he has to actually see the hunter/dogs trespass.
I urge the Fish and Wildlife Commission and anyone who cares about wildlife to end this sick practice of running down deer with hunting dogs.
Where I live at the north end of the county, every hunting season results in dumped deer carcasses with legs, heads or other various body parts cut off and the rest dumped along side the road.
Every year the amount of litter I pick up, especially beer containers, triples during hunting season. Their bullets don't stop at my property line and neither do they or their dogs. I welcome the sun setting today.
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