FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 11, 2012
CONTACT STATE REPRESENTATIVE JOHN NYGREN (608) 266-2343
Rep. Nygren: Addresses Concerns over Law to Open State Parks to Hunting
Madison- Today, Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) issued the following statement in response to concerns over a portion of Act 168, which opens hunting to all state parks throughout Wisconsin:
“Before anything else, public safety must be addressed. If hunting, fishing, or trapping affects anyone’s personal safety, one or all of these activities needs to be prohibited in the specific park,” Nygren said. “In December of this year, the Natural Resources Board plans to discuss how exactly to implement Act 168 and will look to address proposed closures to specific areas of state parks.”
The law, passed in March 2012, allows hunting in all state parks, which had previously been prohibited in 15 state parks across the state. The idea behind the law is that all tax-payer land should be open to individuals. Opening all state parks to hunting creates a new avenue to increase the amount of hunters throughout Wisconsin. Data in recent years have shown a steady decline in the number of hunting licenses sold.
“Although the law requires state parks to be open to hunting, fishing, and trapping, it also authorizes the DNR to prohibit any of these acts in all or a portion of a state park where public use is high,” Nygren stated. “The Natural Resources Board must determine whether or not to prohibit one of these activities in order to protect public safety or a unique animal or plant community.”
Representative Nygren is in his third term representing the 89th Assembly District.