State Parks Being Reviewed for Places to Allow Hunting

State Parks Being Reviewed for Places to Allow Hunting

A pair of deer look for grass to graze just after sunrise at Alafia River State Park near Lithia, Fla., on May 12, 2015. A checklist that park planners use in reviewing what can be allowed in Florida’s park system now calls for adding hunting as a possible activity. Initially the “hunting” category was only for the larger parks, according to former Department of Environmental Protection park planner Enid Ehrbar. But three weeks ago, she said, the planners were told to apply it to each of the state’s 161 parks.

That means it would include not just Hillsborough River State Park in Thonotosassa, but also beachfront and bayfront parks like Honeymoon Island State Park near Dunedin and Cockroach Bay Preserve State Park near Ruskin. Even the Ybor City Museum State Park would have to face the question of whether hunters could find something to shoot there.

“It’s an outrage,” Frank Jackalone of the Sierra Club said Thursday. “It’s shocking that they would pervert the meaning of our state parks that way.”[…]