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AL: Hunters killing animals in wildlife sanctuary

City to poachers: No hunting on wildlife sanctuary

Posted by Steve Doyle January 26, 2009 2:44 PM

HUNTSVILLE, AL. - Huntsville city leaders are cracking down on illegal hunting at the 450-acre Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Big Cove.

Operation Green Team Director Joy McKee held a news conference on the property today to announce that Huntsville police and state wildlife officials plan to step up patrols for poachers. Last week, two men were charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief after driving a sport-utility vehicle deep into the sanctuary and getting stuck in the mud.

While police didn't catch the men hunting, they had a rifle and shotgun shells, McKee said.

"We don't want to see someone accidentally get shot," she said. "It scares me."

Huntsville resident Margaret Anne Goldsmith donated the property to the city in 2002 for use as a wildlife sanctuary. The land along the Flint River is teeming with white-tailed deer, wild turkey, Canada geese and other animals.

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