There you are planning a summer trip for your family, looking for great places to enjoy nature and let your children see wildlife in their natural habitat. And then comes the sad awakening: you see hunters wandering through the “refuge” looking for one “great shot”. What do you do? Speak up:
“Wildlife refuges are far from the safe haven the name would imply. In reality, the majority of the 561 publicly owned US wildlife refuges allow hunting and fishing – some even allow trapping. The San Diego National Wildlife Refuge is one of the few remaining refuges where hunting is not allowed. However, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which manages refuges, wants to change that and has proposed opening up part of the Otay Mesa and Lakes area inside the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge to allow hunting of wildlife, including deer, rabbits, and birds such as doves, quails, and wild turkeys, in addition to implementing a feral pig monitoring and eradication plan, despite the fact that no feral pigs have been sighted on the Refuge. These horrific activities would be executed if the USFWS’s “Alternative D” plan is implemented.”
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