NEW INFORMATION: Wis. board hears complaints about hunting rules

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board is hearing from residents who oppose a new law opening up much of Wisconsin's state parks and trails to hunting.

The board held a public meeting Tuesday afternoon in Madison. More than 60 people signed up to speak about the measure.

The law prohibits hunting and setting of traps within 100 yards of trails and other designated areas. Still, some speakers say they are concerned about gunfire and traps in areas frequented by families and pets.

Other speakers say hunters already have enough access to hunting grounds.

The state Department of Natural Resources has proposed limiting the park areas where hunting can occur. The board is expected to vote on that proposal at the end of the meeting.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Natural Resources Board will hold a public meeting where officials will reconsider a measure that would open all Wisconsin parks and trails to hunting.

The meeting Tuesday in Madison comes after lawmakers and state agencies received nearly 2,000 emails and letters, the vast majority opposing the so-called Sporting Heritage Bill.

Some people said they wouldn't bring their families to state parks if hunters were around. Others were concerned about whether their pets might step into animal traps.

In response to the backlash, the state Department of Natural Resources has recommended scaling back the measure to exempt about one-third of parks and trails.

The Natural Resources Board will meet to consider the DNR recommendation and also take oral and written comments from the public.

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