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Take refuge, wildlife!


National Wildlife Refuge Week, overseen by the U.S. Department of the Interior and running Oct. 10-16, offers, according to a news release, "a variety of opportunities to enjoy and appreciate America's fish, wildlife and plants."

Or to take aim and shoot.

Never mind that "National Wildlife Refuge Week is a great opportunity for those who have never experienced a refuge to visit one for the first time," in the words of Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit. Here in Florida, the Fish & Wild-life Conservation Commission is marking the week by kicking off small game hunts for kids younger than 16 on two of its central region wildlife management areas.

A news release from the state says of the Caravelle Wildlife Management Area in Marion County, where the Oct. 10-18 youth hunt parallels wildlife refuge week, "This is an excellent small game hunting area with a good-to-excellent gray squirrel population." Whether "excellent" for watching or wasting apparently depends on whether your kid is armed.

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