The proposal to convert Santa Rosa Island into a private hunting reserve for the armed forces, retired veterans, and their friends and family is once again under consideration in Washington, D.C. after Republican Representative Duncan Hunter from El Cajon introduced the bill for a third time last week. The plan would vastly reduce public access to the national park, while simultaneously expanding the deer and elk hunting currently in place on the island for the armed services’ enjoyment. The House’s Armed Services Committee approved the bill early last week, but just days later California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein introduced a resolution that would effectively squash it. The Boxer/Feinstein plan declares that all of the Channel Islands remain open to the public and that the National Park Service retain its right to govern the park. The private deer and elk hunts on Santa Rosa are set to stop in 2011.

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