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Brian Kruh inside District 8 September 20, 2017, 1:55 PM

It is a good opportunity to be able to control the game population as well as provide needed food for the successful hunters. The length of the season is short during a normally wet period which one wouldn't expect a great deal of activity in the forested areas so I would support continuing to allow the hunting season.

Name not shown inside District 8 September 19, 2017, 5:46 PM

I'm writing in support of the limited hunt in island center forest. On an island with limited predator activity, and a community that has shown little willingness to allow Apex predators to exist on the island, allowing hunters to harvest a small portion of the deer population makes sense.
In my view the limited impact on other users of the forest is easily offset by the benefit provided to the island population that it provides in controlling the deer population, cutting down on deer related traffic incidents etc..

Thank you

Name not shown inside District 8 September 18, 2017, 5:54 PM

I live and work on Vashon, and support continued use of ICF for hunting. I think the hunt is a worthy use of public lands for many reasons, articulated elsewhere, but not commonly well-understood. Though I've never participated, I am aware of some concerns. To improve measurement of what's actually occurring and to increase safety, I suggest spending some of our money on gathering data and on raising awareness.
Publicize more. Educate hunters with maps and reminders. Educate non-hunters on risks and benefits. Enforce safe hunting laws.
Post volunteers around the park 1. to advise all ICF users of the hunt and 2. to gather data of activities.
I believe there would be much more support for the hunt if there was deeper understanding
Thanks!

Name not shown inside District 8 September 18, 2017, 10:42 AM

I am a long time resident of the Burton Loop and I think the act of hunting innocent deer and their young offspring is deplorable, reprehensible and horrifying. I see the families of deer grazing peacefully together and cannot imagine any human being could want to take their innocent lives for sport. Shameful.

Name not shown inside District 8 September 18, 2017, 9:43 AM

According to your numbers, on average only 10 people are hunting in ICF every year, most of them unsuccessfully. While I am all for reducing the deer population on the island, the hunt is not having any actual impact on the numbers it seems like a poor tradeoff to keep everyone else out of the forest for two weeks in order for a small handful of off-islanders to hunt. Your efforts to keep the hunt open are commendable, but times have changed and hunting in ICF is neither sustainable nor desirable.

Name not shown inside District 8 September 17, 2017, 8:54 PM

As a user of the forest & non-hunter I feel that the hunters absolutely have a right make use of the community forest. A continuation of the existing plan is what I think is the best option.

Name not shown inside District 8 September 17, 2017, 10:00 AM

My husband & I have lived on Vashon for over 10 years, we thoroughly enjoy walking through the ICF & use it frequently. We used to be in favor of hunting because the deer are invasive & are destructive but no longer. Last year during the ICF hunting season, an off-island hunter shot from his SUV around a blind corner! The hunter was parked at the north end of 91st Ave SW, my husband and I, along with another neighbor, were walking along the northwestern section of SW Van Olinda RD (along a frequently used walking and running route called the Dillworth Loop.) We were a few yards from that corner where the deer feed under the large apple tree and the hunter discharged his weapon. It only takes one idiot w/ a firearm. Sad to say the passenger in the SUV was a young boy. So I'm now strongly opposed to public hunting in the ICF.

James Gross inside District 8 September 15, 2017, 8:47 PM

I am a Vashon resident. I am strongly in favor of continuing the deer hunt at Island Center Forest. Hunting is a conservation element and hunting deer on the island is especially important. To paraphrase Aldo Leopold, when a deer is harvested, nature can replace that resource in a couple years. But when deer destroy a habitat, it takes nature generations to replace that habitat. There is a massive overabundance of deer on the island - it is damaging to the habitat and affects the entire ecosystem including many other animals. Because much of the land on Vashon consists of mature forests, the deer are drawn to residential areas, yards and gardens. This is also extremely costly to homeowners (fences, replacing plants and trees, car accidents, etc).
I also feel strongly that the parks are multi-use facilities. They must be shared by all users. Hunters deserve their time in the park, just like all the other users. There are limited places to hunt on the island.
We welcome off-island hunters and visitors. They provide a valuable resource (deer removal, habitat protection, conservation) and spend money on our island. That is a win-win. Hunters contribute significant funds to our conservation and habitat resources. The money collected from taxes on hunting and fishing supplies supports all wildlife and all wildlife lovers.
This has been a successful program - please continue it.

Name not shown inside District 8 September 15, 2017, 2:52 PM

I am opposed to the hunting season on Vashon Island in Island Center Forest. My family will be unable to use this public land during this time as we do not want to be mistaken for a deer or accidentally struck. Additionally, my residence backs on to the park (with the house just yards away from the hunting boundary) and literally dogs the color of deer. This hunting season poses three weeks of stress and worry as well as disturbance and risk for my family in our own home. If the hunt is not stopped, I think that the hunter registration kiosks should be minimized and be a minimum of 300 feet from a residence. The boundaries where hunting can occur should be at least 300 feet from where the Island Center Forest land borders private residences. The risks do not outweigh the benefits for those of us who regularly use or live near Island Center Forest and my family would graciously ask this to end.

Valerie Vigesaa inside District 8 September 15, 2017, 1:45 PM

I do not support the closing of ICF for deer hunting. To say that it is a help to cull the deer population is not true. Only a handful of deer are tagged out of there. Then there are the safety issues. Many private homes border the ICF and I don't think it is safe. ICF is a very busy park. People, dogs, horses are in there all the time. I don't think closing it for a few hunters and a few deer justifies closing it.