Angry Canadians barring U.S. hunters

Sept. 10, 2004 at 2:10 PM
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WINNIPEG, Saskatchewan, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Some Canadians are so angry with the United States for banning imports of their beef, they are taking it out on U.S. hunters.

As fall hunting season begins, some farmers in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are threatening to bar U.S. hunters from collecting the annual bounty of deer, ducks and geese from their fields, the Globe and Mail reported Friday.

One farmer has already towed away hunters' vehicles to make his point, and others warn they're prepared to follow through with the threat written on their new signs: "Violators will be prosecuted."

It's a spontaneous protest, not sponsored by major agricultural groups and vehemently opposed by the tourism industry.

Black-and-white rectangular placards started appearing on fence posts and mailboxes across prairie provinces in recent days: "No American hunters allowed due to BSE. "Your unfair trade in beef and wheat by your government has led to these actions."

The focus of the anger is the U.S. ban on Canadian cattle exports since an Alberta cow tested positive for mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy, last year.

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