Decision Upholds Hunting Program at Lake Shelbyville

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources Director Brent Manning today hailed the decision of a federal judge upholding hunting and trapping programs managed by the Department at Wolf Creek State Park and Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area at Lake Shelbyville in central Illinois.

"The decision in this case is a victory for sportsmen and women and for professional wildlife management," said Manning. "The judge's decision makes clear that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Natural Resources comply fully with federal law in managing the resources and providing outdoor recreation opportunities at Lake Shelbyville."

U.S. District Court Judge Michael P. McCuskey of the Central District of Illinois ruled in favor of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources in a federal lawsuit filed by opponents of hunting and trapping programs at Lake Shelbyville. Five citizens had challenged the Corps' agreements with the IDNR allowing managed hunting and trapping programs at the Lake Shelbyville sites, complaining that they violated the National Environmental Policy Act.

The IDNR provides a variety of these programs at its sites in the Lake Shelbyville area, including Wolf Creek State Park near Windsor, the Kaskaskia and West Okaw units at Shelbyville State Fish and Wildlife Area near Bethany, and Eagle Creek State Park near Findlay.

"This is great news, not just for the sportsmen and women who hunt and trap at these central Illinois sites, but for sportsmen and women throughout the United States who frequently face challenges to their sports," Manning said.