St. Thomas – In an unprecedented move, a large wind corporation has told landowners to stop hunting on their properties in response to two incidents of vandalism last winter.
“It is unfortunate this wind company has decided to blame hunters.” Jeff Yurek MPP for Elgin Middlesex London stated, “I am not sure how they linked the incidents to hunting when no formal investigation took place.”
Due to the lack of crown land available in Southwest Ontario, hunters must rely on private landowners to hunt. The demand by the wind corporation will set a precedent which threatens the hunting heritage of many families.
“Hunting creates significant economic benefits for small rural areas, is a safe activity and ensures resource population control limiting roadside accidents throughout the area” stated Yurek. “ I am calling on the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Liberal Government to ensure the rights of hunters and landowners will be protected and not allow wind companies to shut down our traditions.”
“The wind turbines are often built in municipalities that are an unwilling host. Now these multinational corporations are telling residents what recreational activities they can participate in” cited Yurek.
As Dutton-Dunwich prepares for new wind farms imposed by the Liberal Government, Yurek hopes the Minister of MNRF will ensure that hunting will still be allowed in that area.
“Our hunters are an independent, safe, environmentally wise group that enjoys the multi-generational tradition of hunting. Hunters in the province are required to take safety courses and pass exams to be certified to hunt. It is therefore my hope that the Minister will stand up to her Government and ensure the tradition continues in Southwestern Ontario.” Yurek concluded