Community voices concerns on hiking trail where people hunt

November 15, 2017 06:51 PM

WILTON - People hiking along the county-owned Louden Trail in Wilton have safety concerns. Some gun owners do target practice there and hunting is also allowed.

The trail is near the Wilton Mall on one side and a residential neighborhood on the other. Target shooting has always been legal there, but the people who live nearby want that to end. They say people have been shooting from the trail – destroying trees, leaving shells behind and even hitting a home with at least one bullet.

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A public hearing was held on Wednesday evening about a proposed law that would make it illegal to target shoot on a county hiking and walking trail.

"The last few years have been hell for everybody," explained Kyle Fillion of Wilton. "It's been pretty, pretty traumatic. You know, we can't even have people over to our house and our yard. Not to mention, the trail itself. If you tried to use it for its intended purposes, it wasn't possible."

"The sheriff is called and they would go over there. By the time they get there, they're usually gone," explained Art Johnson, the Wilton Town Supervisor. "We had no law on the books that was not enforceable anyway. So it just makes sense now that the sheriff has some leverage, if there are violators, they can be arrested."

The proposed law wouldn't ban hunting on the Louden Trail during the legal seasons. The board will vote on the proposed law next Tuesday at 4 p.m. It would take effect on January 1.

No one spoke out in opposition to the law.


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