Nearly 40 people are siding with Woodbury woman Kathy Jorgensen in her fight to send hunters to more appropriate grounds. While they may be hunting geese and others in the bird family, she says they've become a serious disturbance in her otherwise peaceful neighborhood.
Jorgensen loves living in the Bailey Lake neighborhood because it's calm and serene. But lately, now that goose season has arrived, resounding booms have filled her space.
Since hunting season began, Jorgensen said she's tired of waking up every Saturday, Sunday and even weekday mornings at the crack of dawn.
"It's just incredible because it's 5 to 10 or more people shooting and they do it all at once because they want to start when it's legal okay which is half an hour before sunrise. They see a goose and they're going after it," she said. "Most people are working during the week, trying to sleep in a little bit maybe until sunrise to be good."
After surveying her neighbors, Jorgensen got 60 people in 38 households to sign a petition asking Woodbury city council to rescind the permits of the hunters taking to the lake in her backyard.
Jorgensen stated her case, but the city council produced a map that allows Bailey Lake to be fair game to hunters. As long as they have a permit and permission from one property owner to hunt there, they're abiding the law of the land.
"None of them live here to understand what they're causing, and as I said in the council meeting, walk in our moccasins. If the hunters actually lived here, they wouldn't shoot here either," Jorgensen said.
"Under state law, you own the property or you give permission to hunt," Mayor Mary Giuliani-Stephens said. The issue Jorgensen and her neighbors have is a quality of life issue, not a legal or safety concern.
"I'm really hoping the hunters listened and I hope that they respect those property owners and their quality of life," Giuliani-Stephens said.
The issue will be revisited in March in light of a new housing development going up near the lake.
They mayor of Woodbury added she is having staff along with the city attorney look into Jorgensen's quality of life concerns. After all, the Mayor says this issue is about balance. The residents have rights as property owners just as much as hunters do, so as soon as the Mayor here's back from the city attorney and receives that staff memo, she says she'll make a move from there.