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There Will Be No Trapping On Recreational Land In Woodstock, NY
By Peter Muller
On April 22nd the Woodstock, NY Environmental Commission met to discuss
whether use of DEP land (Department of Environmental Preservation Land –
essentially land surrounding the reservoirs that feed into the New York City
water supply) in Woodstock should be open for all uses, closed, or open with
limited uses, with or without permits.
The land use to be considered on the agenda for this evening was
Brian Shapiro is the representative of the Woodstock area to the Ulster
County legislature; he is also the Executive Director of the Ulster County
SPCA, and a strong advocate for animal protection. Brian led the charge to
disallow trapping to be a permitted use.
Brian addressed the committee and pointed out that trapping on land that
is also used by hikers, people walking their dogs, children and toddlers
using the trails and occasionally straying from the trails to get a closer
look at an object of interest – could result in death or injury.
The next group to speak against the use of the land by trappers was In
the North Woods Learning Center. Catherine Sklarsky, who takes young
children hiking and observing nature in Woodstock and Erik Holmlin of
Dharmaware, brought several of the Center’s charges to the meeting. They
very effectively demonstrated the way traps operate, and showed how easily
an injury could occur should a young child’s foot end up in one of those
Students from In The North Woods
Anne Muller from Wildlife Watch. next demonstrated graphically and
logically why trapping should be prohibited because of the cruelty of the
devices as well as the danger to wildlife, unintended by-catch, and people
who share the use of the area.
Peter Muller of the League of Humane Voters spoke about how trapping is
neither an economic benefit nor effective.
The effect of the presenters was totally convincing. The audience cheered
as the committee voted unanimously to prohibit trapping in the area. Many in
the audience vociferously demanded that hunting be banned as well.
We’re awaiting a subsequent agenda that will take up hunting as a land
use with anticipation of yet another victory for our side .
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