Trees are damaged and debris litter the ground where shooters illegally target practice. Pam Forman photo
reckless shooting is a growing problem on the island. It was enough to draw a
room full of concerned individuals to a recent Kodiak Island Borough
Parks and Recreation Committee
meeting. Assemblyman Dave Kaplan serves on the committee and brought the issue up
at a recent assembly meeting.
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he want's the borough to work with the parks and recreation committee to come
up with solutions to the problem.
Stacey Studebaker has belonged to
Kodiak's Audubon society for 28 years. She says that this summer she's heard
reports and seen evidence of random shooting along Kodiak hiking trails.
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hikers reported ... couple of years.")
concerns about reckless shooting prompted him to contact the parks and recreation
department. Miller lives in Chiniak.
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He says he
hopes the community will take a pro-active approach to solving the problem. He
believes that an education campaign is one step in the right direction.
Miller thinks that when it comes to
safe shooting opportunities and learning proper gun handling, Kodiak is rich in
opportunities. He hopes to see young people steered in the direction of those
resources before a tragedy occurs.
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