From Virginia’s Times-Dispatch:
[The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says it is increasingly hearing complaints, often from people new to rural life, about noisy hounds straying onto their land, often followed by [deer] hunters retrieving their dogs. . . .

So the department, assisted by Virginia Tech researchers, is conducting a study to determine how serious the problem is and possibly to suggest solutions . . . .

The study has some hound lovers howling.

Kirby Burch of Powhatan County, who led Virginia’s parks agency under Republican Gov. George Allen, believes Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, a Democrat, is pressuring the game department to restrict or ban hunting with dogs.

“Our worst-case scenario is . . . they are going to end hound hunting within five years in Virginia,” said Burch, who represents a group called the Virginia Hunting Dog Alliance.]( )

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