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SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEMPORE

Martin Looney

An Advocate for Us

Delivering an Important Public Safety Victory for Residents Along the Quinnipiac River

Working with Chief Anthony Campbell of the New Haven Police Department, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and concerned citizens, Rep. Al Paolillo, Jr. and I were happy to announce that the DEEP has temporarily closed the area along the Quinnipiac River in New Haven to the hunting of waterfowl.

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Hunting in an urban setting, near densely populated neighborhoods, poses a public safety issue, a quality of life issue and a potential drain on police resources. Rep. Paolillo and I were happy to work with area residents and are grateful that they brought this issue to our attention.

The one-year hunting ban extends from the tip of Fargeorge Preserve (Granis Island) at the mouth of Hemingway Creek, across the river to Lombard Street, north to the I-91 Bridge. This location is contiguous to an area already closed to hunting.

Senator Looney.

The year-long closure follows an official request by Chief Campbell for the DEEP to review public safety concerns related to waterfowl hunting in the area, including police responses to reports of gunshots in the vicinity that divert public safety resources and can cause confusion. The DEEP has requested hunting-related incidents received by the New Haven Police Department over the past three years. After the DEEP receives those reports it will conduct a thorough review of the matter and make a recommendation to the Office of the Commissioner for further action.