Mayor Donna Cluett acknowledged Frenchman’s Cove is a dangerous place to be during the fall migratory bird hunting season.
Frenchman’s Cove Barasway, which surrounds Frenchman’s Cove Provincial Park, Grand Fairways Resort and Grande Meadows Golf Course, is popular with hunters.
In a letter the Frenchman’s Cove Town Council has been circulating to communities on the Burin Peninsula, seeking support for a hunting ban, Cluett said complaints about stray bullets have come from residents, tourists and business owners alike.
“It’s just like a warzone when they open up the hunting season,” she told The Southern Gazette Thursday, referring to the constant noise from gun blasts. “You would almost say they were in the community.”
Though the migratory bird hunting season doesn’t start until September, Cluett said golfers are still on the course and employees are still in the park.
“If you’re up on the golf course and you’ve got to duck because of a bullet, it’s pretty bad.”
While the issue is a concern to residents of the community, she noted the area attracts people from around the Burin Peninsula and the rest of the province.
As of last week, Grand Bank was the only town to offer a letter of support.
“I know Winterland had the same issue, and they had their area closed down, as well,” Cluett said.
In the letter, Cluett said meetings with police and provincial wildlife officials have not solved the problem, as the issue falls under the jurisdiction of Environment Canada. The town is seeking a meeting with the federal department, she said, to lobby for a ban.
“That’s the only alternative we can see is get the area closed down from hunting altogether.”
The Southern Gazette