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Shotguns and Sunsets

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This is not a petition to stop hunting. This is a petition to request that a by-law be put in place to require that hunting not happen along the populated Lake Huron water front in Point Clark, Ontario, within 100 metres of a residential home. Currently hunters are allowed to hunt anywhere along the waterfront in Point Clark designated as Crown Land during specific hunting seasons. The problem is that people reside only metres away and their safety is at risk.

We feel, as do our friends along the lakeshore and inland who also enjoy the waterfront, that it is only a matter of time until there is a serious injury or worse if no action is taken.

Back in the 1960's cottagers left at the end of each summer and the lakefront was empty after Labour Day. Jump forward to present day and Point Clark is no longer a seasonal town. The lakefront has many full-time, year-round residents and the numbers only increase each year as more and more people decide to retire and relocate here permanently. Children run up and down the beach outside our front window within metres of shotguns blasting. Unaware, stunned, frantic parents run to protectively gather up their children and bring them back inside. Dead geese fall out of the sky at our door step (literally not figuratively). Residents (lakefront and non-lakefront) walking dogs holler at hunters who, adrenaline- charged, fire in-land towards them. Neighbours call out in warning to each other when we see fellow neighbours heading out to enjoy the beach. We feel unsafe to put our kayaks into the water after Labour Day. Enjoying morning coffee on the beach, afternoons sitting gazing at the sparkling water or sunsets on the beach just isn't quite what is advertised in the brochures. Surely there are areas away from populated waterfront areas where these hunters may hunt safely.

Please sign our petition to request that the council of Huron-Kinloss Township implement a by-law to protect ours and our children's safety by restricting huntingwithin 100 metres of a residential home along the waterfront in Point Clark.

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