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Group tries to block turkey hunt in San Diego County

March 19, 2012 | 12:08 pm

Wild turkeys in Santa Ysabel
An animal-protection group is trying to block a turkey hunt planned for this weekend at a nature preserve in northern San Diego County.

The county Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to allow the hunt at the 3,800-acre Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve. The hunt, sponsored by the San Diego chapter of the Wild Turkey Federation, is open to 20 youths and will be closely chaperoned.

The Animal Protection and Rescue League is set Tuesday morning to ask a Superior Court judge in San Diego to block the hunt on the grounds that the event requires an environmental impact report.

The event will allow hunters "to trample the sensitive habitats" as they "fire shotguns at turkeys," while making the area off-limits to non-hunters, according to the group's request for a temporary restraining order.

The Animal Protection and Rescue League is represented by attorney Bryan Pease, active in litigation to protect seals at the Children's Pool beach in La Jolla.

There are an estimated 20,000 wild turkeys in San Diego County, where hunting is permitted on private property and some state-owned land.

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Photo: A flock of wild turkeys crosses a road in Santa Ysabel in 2010. Photo: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times.

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