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.