RI deer hunting decision concerns some

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) – A decision by the state to open a park in Johnston and land around the Scituate Reservoir to bow hunting for deer this fall isn't sitting well with some neighbors and
officials.

The Department of Environmental Management says the park and the reservoir land will open to hunting for the first time starting Sept. 15 to thin the herd.

Paula Haven Fontes, who lives next to Snake Den State Park in Johnston, says hunting shouldn't be allowed so close to where people live.

Area officials say they were never notified of the decision.

Agency director Michael Sullivan tells The Providence Journal that not only were area officials alerted, but public meetings held and notices posted on the agency's website. Sullivan also said that money raised selling hunting licenses helps maintain the land.

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