Bill could ban bird hunting at Calf Pasture
NORWALK — There could be a battle brewing in Norwalk between hunters and those who don’t like the sound of gun shots echoing around the popular Calf Pasture Beach.
State Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff has introduced legislation that would declare the Long Island Sound park a wildlife refuge, limiting so-called sportsmen to fishing, while prohibiting duck-hunting.
“I hear a lot of complaints from people who use Calf Pasture 12 months of the year,” Duff said Friday. “Residents really get freaked out and nervous when they hear gun shots.” The bill is likely to get referred to the legislative Environment Committee for a public hearing. “We’re trying to find the balance between those hunting and those using an urban park,” Duff said. “Moms taking their kids to the bus in the area don’t understand when it’s waterfowl season.”