Hunters, Scouts and Protestors at Short Hills Park
Aboriginal hunters are in Short Hills Provincial Park this weekend for a planned deer hunt.
They are not alone, protestors have gathered at various park entrances.
It will be business as usual at the Scouts Canada camp also in the Park.
A Spokesperson says youth and adult volunteer leaders will be using the property with signs posted regarding the hunt.
One protester says allowing Scouts and hunters to be in the same park at the same time is "absolutely nuts".
An online petition has been created calling for the Ministry to scrap the hunt.
Short Hills will be closed this weekend and next from just before sunrise until just after sunset for the hunt.
15 and 20 hunters are expected each day and there will be no guns involved.
One of the organizers explains why they selected the provincial park.
Brian Skye with the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority says it all began several years with the identification of areas in need of environmental restoration in Southern Ontario which their treaty rights encompass.
Some were also identified as having large populations of deer.
Skye says despite reports in the media, they have received no complaints.
He says all of the deer meat will be distributed to aboriginal members or used in ceremonies throughout the year.