Scouts will be camping in Short Hills during deer hunt
As aboriginal hunters enter Short Hills Provincial Park this weekend for a planned deer hunt, it will be business as usual at the Scouts Canada camp also in the Park.
Spokesperson John Petitti says youth and adult volunteer leaders will be using the property with signs posted regarding the hunt.
He says they've been working with the Ministry of Natural Resources and OPP since details around the hunt first emerged.
Petitti says the hunt will not include Scout Camp property.
Scouts and leaders, ranging in age from 5 to 26, will not be allowed to leave the camp property or follow Short Hills trails.
Protester Robin Zavitz says allowing Scouts and hunters to be in the same park at the same time is "absolutely nuts".
She's organized an online petition calling for the Ministry to scrap the hunt.
With over 1000 signatures so far, Zavitz says for 40 years the park has been a sanctuary and safehaven for wildlife and shouldn't be turned into a hunting ground.
The Ministry of Natural Resources however points out under terms of the Indian Act, aboriginal groups have a treaty right to hunt for food and for ceremonial purposes.
Media Relations Officer Jolanta Kowalski told CKTB they began sending out the notices as soon as they finalized details of the hunt earlier this week.
She adds the hunt will be limited to the southeast corner of the park which has the least development and fewest trails.
Kowalski says they expect between 15 and 20 hunters each day and there will be no guns involved.
Short Hills will be closed this weekend and next from just before sunrise until just after sunset for the hunt.