It has recently been brought to our office’s attention of a situation involving the hunting of wildlife within the Hunters Creek neighborhood. A duck was recently shot with a bow & arrow, and was left with the arrow left inside of the animal, where it remained alive for some time after. We will remind you of the following provisions established by Greenwood County:
(a)It shall be unlawful for any person to commit any of the following acts on any property owned by, leased to, or under the control of the county without written consent of the county manager:
(2) Killing, harming or harassing any mammal, bird, reptile or amphibian.
(3) Hunting in any area.
(b) Penalties. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined in such amount or imprisoned for such time as is within the penalty jurisdiction of magistrates’ courts. In addition to or in lieu of arrest, any person violating the provisions of this section may be ejected from the premises and shall not be entitled to a refund of any admission fee
Hunters Creek is a special tax district, and is considered under the County’s jurisdiction for these types of matters. So in accordance with the County’s established provisions, endangering any animal’s well-being within the community is unlawful, and punishable in a court of law. We ask those who witness any type of detrimental behavior towards the wildlife in our community to please contact the Greenwood County Sheriff’s department and report such act. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this matter.