Friday, July 15, 2016

Hunters want to continue their hunting ways at new Sand to Snow National Monument

Hunters are hoping the newly created Sand to Snow National Monument will be the first national monument in the state to allow hunting. Organizing through social media, about 40 hunters from around the region attended Wednesday the first of a series of workshops designed to seek public input about the monument, created by President Barack Obama in a Feb. 12 proclamation. The 154,000-acre monument includes 71,000 acres of San Bernardino National Forest land and 83,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management land — on which hunters have been able to pursue deer, bear and smaller prey, such as coyotes, rabbits and squirrels. They want to keep it that way. “I checked on the internet and found not a single national monument in California allows hunting,” said Eric Welsh, 34, a Yucaipa resident who played a major role in connecting with other hunters. He said national monuments in states adjacent to California do allow hunting...more

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