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U.S. Forest Service upholds abolition of hunting deer using dogs in the Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana.
ATLANTA (March 1, 2012) – USDA Forest Service officials announced today the decision to prohibit the use of dogs to hunt deer on the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. The decision will be implemented during the 2012-2013 season.
The Kisatchie National Forest and the Southern Region conducted an in-depth environmental analysis and reviewed more than 1,300 public comments before issuing the decision.
Comments included concerns about this activity’s effects on public safety, impacts on adjacent private lands and the potential loss of this type of hunting opportunity.
“We continue to receive complaints about dog-deer hunters from adjacent landowners and other recreation users. This decision addresses the need to reduce safety concerns by eliminating conflicts between dog-deer hunters, other forest users and adjacent landowners,” said Liz Agpaoa, Regional Forester for the Southern Region. “Through the analysis we have determined that dog-deer hunting is no longer appropriate on the Kisatchie National Forest.”
For more, see the USDA Forest Service press release - PDF.