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Police: hunting illegal in Park City limits, municipal acreage

A sign posted close to the Quinn's Junction recreation complex warns people of the hunting prohibition on City Hall land. The municipal government owns vast acreage nearby. Jay Hamburger/Park Record

Hunting is illegal in the Park City limits.

Despite the fact that City Hall prohibits hunting on municipal acreage, even if the land sits outside of the Park City limits, there continues to be reports.

The Park City Police Department in late October received a report that two people appeared to be heading into the mountains at the southern end of Old Town to hunt. There has not been a series of reports as there had been in past years.

In the report in late October, logged on Oct. 24, a man and a woman were reportedly seen on Daly Avenue. The street reaches a dead end at the bottom of Empire Canyon, a mountainous area popular with hikers and bicyclists. The police were told the man and woman were dressed in hunting garb and had rifles. They were heading up the canyon, the police were told.

On Oct. 27 at 5:50 p.m., the police received a call reporting that two hunters were shooting toward a home. The report was logged on Fox Tail Trail, a small street on the edge of Solamere. The Police Department said in an online statement an officer found the two. One of them was cited for firing a weapon in the city limits, the police said.

Marty Howard, a police officer, said another case was reported in the vicinity of Guardsman Pass a few weeks ago. Howard said the cases were not verified.

Howard said hunting reports have dropped in recent years. Five or six years ago, he said, the Police Department responded to more than 10 annually. The number has dropped to just a few each year, he said.

Someone who is caught hunting in the Park City limits could face a class B misdemeanor for discharging a weapon. A gun and an archer’s bow and arrow — two popular hunting tools — are both considered weapons. Class B misdemeanors are punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine upon conviction.

Howard said hunting presents a safety issue in Park City as both hunters and recreation lovers like hikers and bicyclists use the same terrain.

"They didn’t want to intermingle that," he said.

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