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Bella Vista, Arkansas, Passed an Ordinance to Ban Bow and Arrow Hunting
By Jim Parsons
A number of people took the lead in getting the word out and the City
council shot down the proposal to change their firearms ban so that the
geese could be killed.
Jim Parsons was one of the residents who opposed the property owner’s plan.
We contacted him because of a photo of goose who had been shot with an arrow
and was living there in spite of it. I asked him to talk about it all.
Jim Parsons is Chairman of the Bella Vista Patriots, a nationally
recognized 501(c)4 non-profit organization. We are a public service
organization, but along with the many civic and humanitarian services that
we have performed, we are a tenacious watchdog group. We have caused several
heads of state agencies to be fired and helped to send a few politicians and
others off to jail.
Bella Vista is in northwest Arkansas, and pelicans are a rare sight in
these parts. However, a few years back, one showed up at Lake Bella Vista
with an arrow through his neck. A local veterinarian was able to capture the
bird while he was roosting at night, and removed the arrow. He returned the
pelican to the lake completely healed. The story in the media was a hit for
a week or so and caused a good bit of outrage among the citizenry.
You can see that the arrow goes right through the body and protrudes from
the other side.
Then, last year, a Canada Goose showed up with an arrow in his back on a
neighboring lake, Lake Avalon. The bird can fly for a few yards at a time
and apparently is able to obtain food and remain healthy. A local wildlife
restoration veterinarian said that trying to capture the bird might cause
more harm than just letting the bird continue her limited lifestyle that she
is having now.
Our local newspaper editor is an avid bow hunter. He had stated
previously that bow hunters are extremely accurate, and that bow hunting is
a humane method of killing animals. I sent a picture of the Canada Goose
with the arrow through his back as a letter to the editor with the comment,
“Tell how humane bow hunting is to this goose.”
The angst of the people in the area was at a feverish pitch, so the Bella
Vista Patriots set up a four day Tent Petition Drive on the shoreline
of Lake Bella Vista. The drive offered two petitions, those who were “FOR
BOW HUNTING” and those who were “AGAINST BOW HUNTING.” The tally was so
weighted against bow hunting that the city council voted for an ordinance to
make bow hunting in the city limits illegal and included a fine for
It is great to know that Americans still have some compassion and concern
for our feathered friends.
Jim Parsons, Chairman, Bella Vista Patriots.
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