West Haven homeowners upset bird hunting is legal near their homes

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Some West Haven homeowners are upset hunting is allowed near their homes.

“There’s kids that are getting freaked out,” said Rick Lowe.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says bird hunting is legal at Sandy Point during waterfowl season.

Hunters are required to remain 250 feet away from any residential property while hunting. But neighbors say that’s not far enough enough.

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“Bullets have no eyes. So therefore, you can be sitting in your living room and you get shots coming through your house,” Bolden said.

“For the safety of the children they should not be shooting at them at all they should be left alone,” Jolie Brown said.

“I don’t want to get hit by some stray BB from some shot gun,” Lowe added.

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The sign says beach and bird sanctuary, but residents say the name is misleading.

“There are people that come to take care of the birds, and keep it clean for the birds, then you have hunters coming and killing the birds,” Bolden said.

“Birds don’t know any different. they’ll keep coming back and keeping getting shot,” Lowe said.

“I thought that the word sanctuary means a sanctuary for birds, so they should be safe,” Bolden said. Some residents said the law needs to be changed.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection released this statement to News 8:

“DEEP EnCon officers routinely patrol Sandy Point area of West Haven to ensure that hunters are in compliance with all hunting rules and regulations.  It is especially important for all outdoor users to respect the rights of others and be aware of all activities that may be occurring outdoors. Connecticut hunters have an excellent safety record, and awareness on the part of all outdoor users can help in our efforts to keep hunting safe for everyone.”

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sandy3 West Haven homeowners upset bird hunting is legal near their homes

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