Letter: Concerned more about hunters than dogs in Cape Elizabeth

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I support the Cape Elizabeth Conservation Commission’s concern about public safety and its recent decision to revisit its policy allowing dogs on trails. I think that use of our town’s trail system should be encouraged and its users protected. But when I am on the trails in our suburban town during hunting season, I feel infinitely more endangered as the mistaken target of a hunting arrow tipped with a razor-sharp steel point designed for bone splitting and deep tissue penetration (verbatim description from a manufacturer’s website) shot at a velocity approaching half the speed of sound by an overzealous, camouflaged, amateur hunter. Is it possible that this far more dangerous public safety concern could also be addressed?

Paul Lennon
Cape Elizabeth 

  • Amy Carlson

    I find this letter disturbing. Unless, of course, you have had an ncident with a bow hunter? there were only four hunting accidents in the whole state of Maine last year, including rifle hunting and three were self inflicted wounds. I don’t believe there has ever been a bow hunting accident in Cape Elizabeth, to my knowledge. However, one look at the police log in our local paper and you will find all the incidents reported with dogs. There are many. In fact, this year a woman was hospitalized for a week for being knocked over by a dog and that’s just one incident. The last straw at Crescent beach was when a man was knocked over by a dog and broke his leg. We now have limited leash only rules there. The bow hunters did not cause that!
    Don’t get me wrong , I am a HUGE dog lover. I live, work and breath dogs! Dogs are my life, my WHOLE life. But, nothing makes me more upset than people unable to control an unruly dog and someone, or another dog, getting hurt in the process. There are dog classes all over every week to help people learn to control their dogs. People need to be more responsible and take control of their dogs or we all will lose our wonderful spaces for them to enjoy.
    Putting fear in people about a sport that should not be feared when our own sport (dogs) is the issue makes no sense at all. We need to instead work on controlling our dogs so we have nothing for anyone to complain about. The hunters are not part of the problem. They have no complaints against them, as far as I know. Why make them out to be so dangerous when statistics show they are not the problem and it is a very safe sport.
    Let’s instead try to fix the problem with our dogs and give people no reason to complain about our dogs. That seems a more useful discussion to me.

  • Chew H Bird

    I simply avoid the woods during hunting season. It is the least I can do to insure that other peoples rights to hunt are as protected as my own, especially since hunting season is short and the rest of the year there is nothing to worry about. Living in fear of hunters sounds like an unhappy existence.