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Supervisors pass Eureka Canyon no-shoot zone

Posted: Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012

SANTA CRUZ—The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors passed by a vote of 3 to 1 a “no-shoot zone” in Eureka Canyon — impacting approximately 750 acres — bringing the rural area in line with the majority of the county.

The decision was met with vocal opposition, and outright shouting, when it was handed down during Tuesday’s meeting.

Before the vote was taken, supporters and opponents of the shooting restrictions – including those who lived outside of the effected area, spoke before the board.

Among those in support of the “no-shoot zone” was veteran James Burke, who said the area needed “30 years of peace” to make up for the years of disturbance due to the pervasive gunfire.

Opposing the ordinance was Jim Elliott, who said the restrictions would create a “pig sanctuary,” referring to the wild boar that live and breed in Nisene Marks State Park and environs.

The feral pig or wild boar argument was raised by multiple people, including Bob Berlage, communications director for Big Creek Lumber, which has landholdings throughout Santa Cruz County, but none within the proposed no-shoot area.

For the complete article see the 12-06-2012 issue.

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