Some Henderson residents are concerned about a proposed change to the Sauerheber Wildlife Refuge.
Managers of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife are proposing to allow hunting of public waterfowl in the refuge. It is home to eagles, swans, blue heron, and other waterfowl.
Opponents say the hunting pressure will change the flight patterns of migrating birds.
“Moreso than being hunters, we’re conservationists,” said Tim Crowley. “We enjoy watching the wildlife. We’re not all members of the Audubon Society, but we believe in what they do. We don’t think that a bird that flies 24 hours getting shot at everywhere with no place to rest is a good thing.”
A petition has been created against the expansion. Copies can be found at the Sportsman’s Corner on S. Green St. and Complete Lumber on U.S. 41 in Henderson. You can also visit their Facebook page: Concerned Citizens for Sauerheber WMA.
(This story was originally published February 1, 2018)