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#5937274 - 09/20/15 11:21 AM Illegal Hunting at Heard Museum
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Many consider the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney a hidden gem, a place to bring people and nature together in Collin County.

It is a 289 acre wildlife sanctuary and is home to hundreds of plants, birds, reptiles, coyotes, deer, raccoon and more.

There's no telling what North Texas families will come across while strolling through the nearly seven miles of nature trails on the property. That's why it was so alarming when officials with the Heard came across shotgun shells and empty bags of deer corn.

While no one with the Heard Museum has actually seen someone hunting the animals there, the concern is, it's happening.

"The Heard was founded in 1967 by Bessie Heard. She had a vision to protect some land and wildlife for future generations to enjoy," said Stephanie Jennings, the Heard's marketing director. "If we allow hunting here, that kinda goes against our message. We want to be able to keep our wildlife safe and also be able to keep our visitors safe."

Officials with the Heard fear people may be sneaking onto the wildlife sanctuary through the backside of the property, where there isn't a fence.

They've reported it to police and they plan to raise money to buy wildlife cameras to help prevent it.

"Because we are here to preserve nature, we want to make sure that the nature that is here is kept safe," Jennings said

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Illegal-Hunting-at-Heard-Museum-328292471.html

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#5937275 - 09/20/15 11:21 AM Re: Illegal Hunting at Heard Museum [Re: ndhunter]
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That's why it was so alarming when officials with the Heard came across shotgun shells and empty bags of deer corn.


Birds or hogs?

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#5937475 - 09/20/15 02:13 PM Re: Illegal Hunting at Heard Museum [Re: ndhunter]
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Something similar happened there few years ago.

I hope they catch whoever is doing it.

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#5937522 - 09/20/15 02:46 PM Re: Illegal Hunting at Heard Museum [Re: ndhunter]
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Makes me wonder what kind of fine/jail time there is for hunting a wildlife sanctuary, I bet it ain't pretty if you get caught.
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#5937608 - 09/20/15 03:49 PM Re: Illegal Hunting at Heard Museum [Re: ndhunter]
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I scouted it with the inlaws back in August, not much there unless you're into shot gunning butterflies
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#5937972 - 09/20/15 07:34 PM Re: Illegal Hunting at Heard Museum [Re: Ramball36]
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Originally Posted By: Ramball36
I scouted it with the inlaws back in August, not much there unless you're into shot gunning butterflies


and somebody will take that seriously...smh
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#5938696 - 09/21/15 08:51 AM Re: Illegal Hunting at Heard Museum [Re: Ol_Yeller]
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Hopefully it will not happen again. The combination of corn and shotgun is of concern. Either they were hunting hogs with heavy loads or baiting birds.

Either way they were doing it in the wrong place

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