It is completely understandable as to why hunters are prohibited from the forests in several towns, at the moment. With a sharp-shooting survivalist cop killer on the loose, public safety (as well as safety for the officers involved in the manhunt) comes first. Alas, it does come with a price:
…as the manhunt nears the one-month mark, the press has largely moved on and the state has canceled hunting season in seven area townships. Hunters can still track their game elsewhere, but the businesses that depend on sportsmen, from taxidermists to bed-and-breakfast proprietors, are cursing the killer police describe as âpure evil.â
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Dave Weiss, a hunter who lives in the Monroe County seat of Stroudsburg, understands why the Pennsylvania Game Commission implemented the temporary ban on hunting and trapping. His anger is directed at the man suspected of killing Dickson.
“I’m mad for all of the sportsmen out there,â said Weiss. âAnd this ban affects a lot of people whose livelihood is dependent on hunting. It hurts the entire economy of the Poconos. It has a ripple effect. That area was built on tourism.”
Area motels, campgrounds, sporting goods stores, restaurants have all been affected by this lunatic. Not to mention, of course, the families, friends, and co-workers of the slain and the injured troopers.