Keep Hunting Out of Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge – Sign Now!

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently proposed a plan to open up Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge for hunting of deer, fox, and coyote.

• Hunting would have a negative impact on other visitors to the refuge.

During designated hunting times the refuge would be closed to all other visitors, except hunters.
Over 325,000 people per year visit the Sachuest Point Refuge to enjoy a restorative connection with nature. There is a full slate of activities for nature lovers, birders, photographers, walkers, and fishermen at Sachuest Point.

•Hunting would disrupt the habitat of resident and migratory bird species at the refuge.

Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge is a 242-acre site nestled between the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island Sound, and boasts the largest winter population of harlequin ducks on the East Coast.
Over 200 bird species are supported by the habitat at the Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge, with notable sightings of snowy owls, northern harriers, and peregrine falcons.

• Hunting would disrupt the tranquil environment that visitors enjoy at the refuge.

Local residents and visitors alike enjoy walking the tranquil trails along the salt marsh, upland shrub, and rocky coast of the Refuge.

Given its small size and present ongoing successful purposing, we believe that Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge is NOT the right place for hunting.

We request the US Fish and Wildlife Service immediately withdraw this proposal for hunting at the Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge.

We, the undersigned petitioners, are firmly against opening up Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge to hunting of any kind.

Update #310 days ago
Petition closes soon! On May 21 we’ll be finalizing the list and then submitting it to USFWS.
We’ll also notify the local press and other government officials of the opposition to hunting at Sachuest.
Please keep sharing! If you are a US Citizen, please also send an email to with "Keep Hunting Out of Sachuest Point Wildlife Refuge" in the memo line. We were told that the number of emails on this issue will influence their decision.
Thanks for the amazing support!
Update #21 months ago
Thanks to everyone from around the world for signing! Please keep sharing!
In addition, we are especially looking for comments from people with a local connection to RI and Sachuest Point. We heard from people who have visited for years, decades, and even back to the beginnings of the refuge 50 years ago telling us why Sachuest is special to them. Have you or others you know got a personal connection with Sachuest? Please include a short comment about why you want to prevent hunting here.

Update #11 months ago
We now have over 300 people who signed on to oppose hunting at Sachuest Point.
Help us keep the momentum going to reach 1000 signers!
Please share the petition on social media with your family, friends and professional connections and encourage them to sign on to protect Sachuest Point.
We’ve had people from all over Aquidneck Island and beyond making their voice heard.
Many added comments about why Sachuest is such a special place to them and why hunting should not be allowed there.
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