No Hunting signs considered near recreation complex

Carla Allen
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Hunting that is taking place along the Forchu River has some residents concerned.

Councillor Trevor Cunningham brought tbe issue before the Municipality of Yarmouth’s Nov. 14 committee of the whole meeting.

The land is downstream between Cemetery Road and Route 1. Part of it, which abuts the river, is owned by the municipality.

Cunningham suggested that no-hunting signs be posted on that property, which also contains the Forchu River walking trail, baseball fields, tennis courts and a playground that makes up the Hebron Recreation Complex.  Maple Grove Education Centre is located nearby.

Councillor John Cunningham, a hunter, hauled out a provincial handbook and read several regulations to council. One of these dictated the distance (182 metres) that firearms could be fired from a playground and athletic field.

“If they (hunters) are in violation of that, it’s already very well laid out in the handbook. If they follow within the criteria, I don’t think we should be touching them,” he said

Councillor Leland Anthony pointed out that there are beaver in the area and that if no-hunting signs are posted, trapping will also not be permitted.

“I know some people might like beavers but they can be very destructive,” he said.

The issue will be discussed further at a future council meeting.




Geographic location: Yarmouth, Cemetery Road, Forchu River Maple Grove

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  • Juanita
    November 15, 2012 - 22:39

    I care about people and I agree the No Hunting signs should go up. Unfortunatly there are too many who can't seem to comprehend what they read about regulations. I am a hunter myself and can handle guns easily but also respectfully. Wherever there are walking trails and recreational facilities where people gather, why would there be any question as to whether or NO HUNTING signs should go up?