AL: Hunters killing animals in wildlife sanctuary
City to poachers: No hunting on wildlife sanctuary
Posted by Steve Doyle January 26, 2009 2:44 PM
HUNTSVILLE, AL. - Huntsville city leaders are cracking down on illegal
hunting at the 450-acre Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Big Cove.
Operation Green Team Director Joy McKee held a news conference on the
property today to announce that Huntsville police and state wildlife
officials plan to step up patrols for poachers. Last week, two men were
charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief after driving a
sport-utility vehicle deep into the sanctuary and getting stuck in the mud.
While police didn't catch the men hunting, they had a rifle and shotgun
shells, McKee said.
"We don't want to see someone accidentally get shot," she said. "It
Huntsville resident Margaret Anne Goldsmith donated the property to the
city in 2002 for use as a wildlife sanctuary. The land along the Flint River
is teeming with white-tailed deer, wild turkey, Canada geese and other
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