published Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Lawsuit seeks to shoot down Enterprise South Nature Park deer hunt

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    Brayton Bird loads his tree stand back into the truck after weighing in a 2 1/2 year old doe that he shot during the TWRA bow hunt at Enterprise South Nature Park.
    Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Should deer hunting be allowed at Enterprise South?

As area hunters ready their equipment for another deer hunt at Enterprise South Nature Park on Monday, a Hamilton County woman has filed a lawsuit to stop it.

Joan Farrell filed a lawsuit Friday against the county, Chattanooga and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, asking for a temporary restraining order to keep the TWRA from holding the hunt Monday and Tuesday.

She also requested the court to convert the restraining order to a temporary injunction to stop the hunts until a study is conducted. Farrell wants proof that the population-controlling hunts are ecologically justifiable.

Farrell's complaint says the TWRA has failed to furnish a study that shows what kind of impact the hunts will have on the park's wildlife, and that the agency has not had a "biologist determine how many animals, if any, need to be harvested."

TWRA spokesman Dan Hicks did not return calls Friday evening.

Farrell also charges that Chattanooga and Hamilton County have failed to fulfill contractual obligations with TWRA that would "ensure that the wildlife population is maintained in this public park, and not otherwise destroyed by the failure to obtain impact studies."

Reached Friday evening, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said the county's legal department had notified him of the lawsuit, but that he hadn't reviewed it yet.

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield's spokesman, Richard Beeland, said he could not comment on the pending litigation.

The hunting agreement stipulates that 80 hunters are allowed to use bows and arrows to kill deer. They can bag up to two deer, as long as the first kill is a doe. Each hunter may also bag one turkey.

A series of hunts was held at the park two weeks ago.

In a committee meeting with members of the Hamilton County Commission last week, Farrell fiercely criticized the county's cooperation with the TWRA, which she said is "in bed" with the hunters, according to newspaper archives.

Attorney Diane Dixon, who is listed as one of Farrell's attorneys, has represented what she has described as a loose coalition of about a dozen residents who are against the hunt. In late September, she argued that the park should be a nature preserve with no hunting allowed, archives show.

The lawsuit states that Farrell's lawyers already had contacted the city and county's attorneys to warn them of the call for a restraining order.

"No additional notice should be required in this cause, as it is not practical to have a hearing before Monday's scheduled hunt," the suit reads. "In order to avoid potential irreparable damage to the Plaintiff and the Nature Park, the hunt should be enjoined and only rescheduled after a hearing."

Neither Farrell, Dixon nor Farrell's other attorney, Michael Richardson, returned calls for comment Friday.

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rolando said...

Forget the whole "culling" thing and let the poor deer starve to death.

Then all the whiny womenfolk -- and those girly-men who act like overly emotional, whiny womenfolk -- show the rotting, vulture-eaten deer carcasses to their kiddies as they stroll through their version of "nature". They can even enjoy watching a sick and starving animal's staggering progress across the over-grazed park, pointing out all the signs of encroaching death to the kiddies.

That scenario displays true mental illness and is the epitome of human arrogance.

But at least they won't have to think about a mere human actually eating of, enjoying, and gaining sustenance from an animals flesh instead of tofu.

Heaven forbid Man should presume to show a bit of tough love toward the animal world.

October 22, 2011 at 7:09 a.m.
inquiringmind said...

Rolando, let's put it in context, ok. Deer meat is basically not very appetizing as a meat dish because it is too gamey and usually has little fat. Most folks hunt deer as an exercise in curiosity, quenching testosterone-fueled blood thirst by the kill, or simple bravura. Folks seldom kill deer because they feel so bad that poor Bambi is starving to death and compassionately want to put her out of her misery. But there are far too many deer and no enough wolves.

That there is a gross overpopulation of deer is evidenced if you only ask anybody that tries to keep shrubs or vegetables and lives near the outskirts of town.

So Ms. Joan is really barking up the wrong tree (sorry for the mixed metaphor). Let them hunt, at least it is with bows and arrows.

But maybe the best long term solution is to reintroduce wolves.

By the way, when cooked right, tofu is pretty good. Eating it helps the soybean market, too.

October 22, 2011 at 9:50 a.m.
EaTn said...

Well rolando was indirectly on target. With plenty of food and lack of predators, most animal populations flourish. Left unchecked, this situation will come to the point where residents will be blaming the wildlife authorities for lack of animal control.

October 22, 2011 at 11:18 a.m.
Salsa said...

I hope she has to pay 100% of any court costs the city and county incur when she loses.

October 22, 2011 at 11:47 a.m.
Hotrod1 said...

I think we should give in to this lawsuit and not hold the hunts. But when the deer overpopulate the area and are starving the lady that filed this suit and her lawyers should be held financially responsible for any damage the animals do to any surrounding property. I have seen areas where deer were overpopulated and they will destroy landscaping and even property to get food. We have no natural predators to keep the population in check. The animals will either overpopulate and destroy property or will become infected with parasites and wipe the entire herd out. And if this happens it takes years to rebuild the population.

October 22, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.
Echo said...

Thank you Joan Farrell! I had no idea that all it takes to circumvent the city council is a lawsuit. Who need tedious democratic processes and pesky elections when only a bunch of paper, and a stuffed shirt to carry it suffices?

A Pro se lawsuit looks like a good way to stop the handgun carry prohibition in our city parks. I look forward to greeting you some day soon on the trail enjoying the outdoors with my sidearm.

Oh Inquiringmind...I like venison, and kindly name a single civilization that has advanced without animal protein.

Some help - there are none that survived.

Only in the liberal mind is it possible to be a self sustained vegetarian, as all of the heavy lifting and infrastructure to make your meatless existence possible has been created by hard working and thinking omnivores.

October 22, 2011 at 2:57 p.m.
ahannityclone said...

InquiringMind, you obviously speak to that of which you know nothing about. To begin with, so you would like to see the re-introduction of wolves? Do you have any idea what a population of wolves can and will do--obviously you do not. The wolf is an indiscriminate killer, they kill deer, squirrel, rabbit, neighborhood cats and dogs and potentially human beings when there is a hungry pack, or if they feel threatened. However, you don't have to worry about it because they can't survive here--seen any in the last 100 years? You also show your vast ignorance and true bias in your claim about deer meat. Okay, so you may not like the taste of meat, but why try to push your lifestyle on others--most of us do not like a Vegan diet either. In fact, many of us, Chefs like Gordon Ramsey included, can cook venison in ways that would blow your mind, tastebuds as well. My third point, you claim that we hunt to fuel our "quenching testosterone-fueled blood thirst", well I hate to correct you--yet again, but the majority of hunters just like being out in the outdoors and we only take what we need. Often, we let the majority of deer we see walk away unharmed. Often hunters do much more for wildlife and the enviroment than the normal taxpayer. We understand what it means to take care of the resource we use; meanwhile people like you, Diane Dixon and Ms. Farrell only sponge off of it's beauty that is maintained and supported by others! So instead of using baseless opinion-fueled attacks, why don't you investigate and study the topic you wish to comment on instead of proving to everyone how ignorant you appear on subject matter you obviously know nothing about.

October 22, 2011 at 4:56 p.m.
rolando said...

Deer meat is basically not very appetizing as a meat dish because it is too gamey and usually has little fat. Most folks hunt deer as an exercise in curiosity, quenching testosterone-fueled blood thirst by the kill, or simple bravura. Folks seldom kill deer because they feel so bad that poor Bambi is starving to death and compassionately want to put her out of her misery. But there are far too many deer and no enough wolves.

Better than starving, inquiring. "One man's meat..."

Don't know many real hunters, do you?

Cull the herd now and there won't be any starving deer...which is the whole idea.

And man replaced the wolves a while ago -- killed them, actually...kept them from eating the kiddies as well as the meat supply.

I ate enough tofu in Japan to realize it has no taste worth considering...what taste is there is the taste of things added to it to make it palatable; unless you are a vegetarian -- which I am not. [The Japanese definitely "cook it right" since they have had bean curd for centuries.]

October 22, 2011 at 7:18 p.m.
EaTn said...

inquiringmind said "By the way, when cooked right, tofu is pretty good. "..... Since tofu and other soy products have natural estrogen, men should opt for venison instead.

October 22, 2011 at 7:24 p.m.
headcoconut said...

It's only a matter of time before this happens here:

AP-

"A member of the US Marine Corps Reserves has been shot and killed in Oregon after authorities say a hunter mistook him for a bear."

"Christopher Ochoa, 20, and a friend were hiking through a field in Western Oregon on the way to Silver Creek Falls Park on Friday evening"

October 22, 2011 at 7:47 p.m.
ahannityclone said...

Headcoconut, I can do this type of thing indefinately—especially the issues that involve deer attacks and deer/auto collisions, which are directly related to why these type of management practices must continue to be utilized. People that oppose hunting, especially for the reasons listed below, should meet with people that have been directly affected by these type of accidents. What amazes me is to the extent that people that share your beliefs will go to too end hunting. Why do you not apply the same type of force to drunk driving, domestic violence or automobile crashes related to speed or reckless driving—those issues take far more human lives.

"Wildlife agents were trying to capture a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park on Monday after it killed a Michigan hiker in the second fatal bear attack this summer at the famed park."

"On Sept. 25, Ron Dudek went into his back yard to pick tomatoes when he unexpectedly came upon a 6-foot-tall deer next to his house. The buck hit him with its antlers in the face, tearing a hole in his cheek and shoving the bony antler into his mouth"

"Emmie Webb, the middle back seat passenger, was traveling with her dad, 10 and 13-year-old sisters, and 11-year-old brother when a deer darted in front of the vehicle near the Old Hickory Boulevard intersection, Metro police said. The impact sent the deer through the windshield and into the passenger compartment where it struck Emmie in the head, police said. She died at the scene."

October 22, 2011 at 10:40 p.m.
deerhunter1 said...

Requested information from the ones reasoning that the hunt should stop: 1) Please be submit your biologically sound and proven records showing (not TWRA) proving there are not too many deer. Answer Please! ( I am still listening)

2) You make the suggestion that the deer "appeared to fenced in" that was quoted by Diane Dixon on Newschannel 9. Tell me how in the crap the doe I was trying to harvest on the first hunt cleared the dang fence by three feet. (Yes I was on the first hunt)

3)What grounds do you justify the "park users" to have access to the Park and not the Hunters? We pay taxes, live in the County and have the same right to access the property.

October 24, 2011 at 11:43 a.m.
millefleur03 said...

It a shame that Dixon is putting up a good fight for Enterprise South and she really doesnt seem to understand what she is fighting for. Why Enterprise South deer?Whats so special about these deer?Are they cuter than the cow in the hamburger bun? Do they have more feelings than the chicken in the nugget?There is a big misunderstanding about what a hunter is.Yes there are the few who like to call themselves"trophy hunters" but the majority are true outdoorsman.The people who desire to be in the great outdoors runs thru their very soul and must immerse themselvesin all of the bountys that nature has to offer.Hunters are the true conservationist.This go bak to Teddy Roosevelt,a legendary sportsman,who established conservation programs and wildlife preserves. Conservation groups were and stiil are composed primarily of hunters to secure the restoration of Americas wildlife for future generations. The Federal Aid In Wildlife Act was passed to fund this restoration.This is a tax placed on hunting equipment(guns,ammo,bows,etc..)that is put right back into conservation.Everytime a hunter makes a purchase 11% of that is distributed to state agencies to support wildlife management programs and to purchase public land(parks for example)This amounts to nearly 200 million dollars making hunters,yes thats hunters,one of the largest contributers to conservation.So one of your favorite parks to jog or ride your bike in was very well made possible by hunters not vegans with pickets(which by the way i was a vegan for 16 years). I know everytime i pull a frozen pack of venison from my freezer i remember that deer and give thanks for providing nourishment for my family. Hunters want to protect the very animals that provide the ultimate in clean,organic,healthy eating. And just in case you were thinking that hunters were wasteful then check into Hunters For the Hungry.In Tennessee they collected 65,0000lbs of venison to go into local food banks and soup kitchens!Whats been your contribution? National Geographic has an interesting comment"The irony is many species might not survive if it were not for the hunters who hunt them". Sportsman want to see future generations enjoy themselves in the great outdoors and reaping natures bounty just as they have with proper land and animal management. So the next time you are out hiking on public land enjoying the sights and sounds of birds and wildlife remember that it was made possible by sportsman. And if you need a "real" conservation group to join there are nearly 10,000 sportsman club who generate another 300 million dollars a year for wildlife programs(NWTF,Ducks Unlimited,NRA,RMEF,etc...) So the next time you bump into a guy or gal sporting camo dont forget to say thanks!!! Who am i...a mom,nature lover,hunter!!!!

October 30, 2011 at 7:29 p.m.
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