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Open season in suburbia

By Gary Bogue
Monday, February 13th, 2006 at 10:16 am in Hunting, Suburbia, Wildlife.

Last week the Boston Globe ran a story by Megan Woolhouse of the Globe staff headlined, "Open Season in Suburbia." It was all about "suburban hunting," where more and more hunters, at least in Mass., are starting to do their hunting closer and closer to home. The story claims that deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife that people like to hunt are now being found in the suburbs.

I can’t argue with that. Seems like I can go for a walk just about anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area and within five minutes spot wild turkeys or deer nibbling or pecking away in someone’s front yard.

So what happens when there are no more open spaces left because we’ve covered them all with houses, parking lots and freeways?

Will the California Department of Fish and Game start handing out licenses to hunters so they can hunt deer in our flowerbeds?

Will they issue fishing licenses so fisherpersons can drive down the street trolling in the gutters in front of your house for salmon?

Will hunters be able to buy bird hunting licenses so they can go dove, pheasant, and wild turkey hunting in our backyards?

That’s a little scary.

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3 Responses to “Open season in suburbia”

  1. Frank Thornburgh Says:

    Hi Gary: Thanks again for the informative talk at the Tri-Valley writers luncheon the 4th. How was I to know my wife was a fan of yours? She’s a little ticked because I didn’t tell her. See if you can take a minute or two to say hi to a fan named Patricia Thornburgh at Patjt@sbcglobal.net
    Thanks,
    Frank Thornburgh

  2. Aaron Says:

    this is not true if you go to yoyr town hall they can tell you where hunters can hunt and in heavily populated areas hunting may be restricted to the out skirts of town with shotguns not rifles there you have to check out the regulations to find this out. And as towns become bigger did you ever think that hunters are still hunting the same ares they have always hunted? and dont you think that you should be helping to conserve land so it doesnt become covered with houses animals dont want to be in the suburbs they want to be in the wood.

  3. bhf Says:

    We do need more land for urban wildlife. As more of the wildlife becomes urbanized, they will need a place to go. This makes sense, ecologically, as well. If we try to displace all creatures in our urban setting, then our landscape plants will become susceptible to the increased population of insects that the creatures once fed on.
    If we try to let only a few creatures in, then they too can get out of control. For instance, wild turkey do like insects, but nothing controls the turkeys. I certainly don’t want hunting in my backyard to control the turkeys.
    A better approach will be to keep corridors open through the urban setting and allowing all creatures to use these corridors. The corridors need to be kept natural to attract the creatures. And, sometime in the future, these “open spaces” will be valued.
    We don’t need more hunting, just a little bit more land set aside as natural parks.

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