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Will The DNR Please Address The Real Danger?
In a letter to the editor, Merle Wilson of IA wrote the following:
DNR (Dept. of Natural Resources) Director, Rich Leopold, wants an alcohol
ban at six state park beaches in the IA Great Lakes during the 4th of July
celebration. His contention is alcohol, drugs, nudity, fights and littering
is a dangerous situation. Park rangers want to bring in a 6-member state
patrol tactical unit, more DNR officers from around the state and local
sheriff deputies. I wonder where the DNR is going to get the money to pay
for these extra people since they claim they are always broke.
What I call a dangerous situation is approximately 140,000 deer hunters
turned loose by the DNR every year, armed with shotguns, high-powered rifles
and handguns with only 34 DNR enforcement officers for the entire state!
There is plenty of alcohol and drug abuse during their hunting seasons. Some
of these deer hunters, along with a very high percentage of people who refer
to themselves as "coyote hunters," are breaking the same laws each year as
the partygoers at the beaches, yet the DNR chooses to ignore it. I wonder if
that's because hunters fund the DNR and alcohol sales do not.
The DNR claims they have no money to maintain law enforcement and park
personnel. This is ongoing. Yet, the first four months of this year, they
have spent 2.2 million dollars to purchase more land that they cannot
maintain. Are we being told the truth or just what they want us to hear?.
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