Possible hunting near school puts village on alert
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Possible hunting near school puts village on alert

FROM Lohud.com
October 29, 2018

First it was someone spotted with a bow and arrow. Then it was what sounded like gunshots in the woods.

Two reports of hunters near Hillside Elementary School in Hastings-on-Hudson last week heightened village concerns over student safety and prompted officials to discuss ways to improve security and enforce hunting laws.

Mayor Peter Swiderski emailed residents on Friday about the two reports of hunting in Hillside Woods on consecutive days last week. On both occasions village police responded but did not find any hunters in the area, though, he said.

Dobbs Ferry police also helped search the area after the reports of gunshots, but no shell casings were found, Hastings-on-Hudson Police Chief Anthony Visalli said.

"There has been an understandable swirl of concern and confusion regarding these incidents, including the question of whether hunting is permitted in the woods," Swiderski said.

Firing a gun, crossbow or bow within 500 feet, 250 feet or 150 feet of a school, respectively, is illegal, according to state law.

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