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According to eyewitness accounts, at least two geese were shot over the Sedona Wetlands Preserve in recent weeks. According to Arizona Game and Fish Warden Lee Luedeker, however, those reports don’t necessarily mean anyone is poaching.

While geese have been reportedly shot near the Sedona Wetlands Preserve south of the Sedona city limits, Arizona Game and Fish hasn’t received any official reports of poaching in the area. Hunting season on national forest property surrounding the area is currently under way. The hunting season ends Sunday, Jan. 27.Birder Sam Hough said he observed two geese shot near the preserve on Christmas morning, Dec. 25, while he was with the Northern Audubon Society.

“We were doing the [Christmas Bird Count] at the wetlands,” Hough said. “When we arrived we saw a large flock of Canada geese flying over the ponds and [heard] gun shots. We saw two geese go down. Talking to one of the people who work at the [treatment plant], he said that hunters come from the back side and shoot over the back ponds to flush the birds and shoot them. When they call the rangers, the hunters are long gone.”

For the full story, see the Friday, Jan. 18, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • Trina Stephenson

    For the first time since moving to the Sedona area, I have had multiple encounters with hunters recently. For some reason the state trust lands and National Forest in Cornville have huge numbers of bow and rifle hunters right now. Be extremely careful out there. I would wear extremely visible clothing. I even encountered deer hunters with scope and rifles just off the Brins Mesa trail overlooking downtown Sedona in December. They claimed they had valid hunting licenses and the National Forest confirmed that they could lawfully hunt in that area.

  • Jim4Hollywood

    I live a 1/2 mile from this wetlands. We've seen an increase in roadkill now since the animals are crossing the highway for the water. It makes for cautious night driving and now we have hunters shooting from the back toward the water? That means a potential bullet could hit a car driving by? Why was this wetlands built in the first place?

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