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Whose land is it?

Once again, the California Department of Fish and Game demonstrates its “wisdom” by shutting down a Memorial Day horse endurance race in the Spenceville Wildlife Area.

The reason for denying a permit after the 50-mile event that has been held successfully for 17 years?

It may disturb the breeding wildlife.

Do you believe in Bambi, boys and girls?

It’s doubtful that the brain trust at Fish and Game remembers that the Spenceville Wildlife Area was paid for by taxpayer money to preserve it for their recreational use. Further indication of that fact is that there are plans afoot to shut down the entire area for at least three years and spend $20 million looking for “unexploded ordnance.” No, there haven’t been any accidents caused by this ordnance, but doggone it the taxpayers keep on sending in so much money each year there has to be a way to spend it.

I salute the efforts of County Supervisor Elizabeth Martin in firing off a letter questioning the sanity of this decision.

Given its head, the Fish and Game would probably delight in fencing off the entire preserve from human intrusion and allowing visitors (with special permits) to peer through the chain link enclose to see nature in action.

Richard L. Tracy

Grass Valley

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