Logging on to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge site just now I spotted something I didn't care for. I was gathering info because I'm headed back there for a visit tomorrow. I've been there numerous times and love it there.
Here is the message that is on the home page:
Deer & Feral Hog Hunts Proposed
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to allow a deer and feral hog hunt on about 6,000 acres on the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Titusville, FL. The public may submit comments via mail: Merritt Island NWR, Attn: Upland Hunt, PO Box 2683, Titusville, FL 32781, or via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for Comments:
To ensure consideration of your comments in the development of the Environmental Assessment and Draft Hunt Plan, please ensure that we receive your comments by July 22, 2013. Please include your name and address on your comments.
I see that I have missed the deadline to reply with my thoughts. Yet I will take a moment to express them here, as well as still send them to the email address listed. I am completely opposed to the idea. I will make my reasons short and sweet. A refuge, by defintion, is a place that provides shelter and protection. By opening the refuge up to hunting you have just changed the dynamic of what those 6,000 acres are. I do not support that.
Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (note that it is a REFUGE) is supposed to a place where animals are protected, where we can go and see them, learn about them, etc. If you open it up to hunting it is no longer a refuge, and I think that is sad and uncessary.
It may be past the deadline to submit comments according to the date on the site, but I think someone will still listen. Please take a moment to send your thoughts to them at email@example.com
The animals need an area of refuge and Merritt Island makes for a nice one. There is already enough hunting area in the state of Florida, we really don't need to turn a place of protection into the opposite.