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Though UCSB police arrested seven hunters on the Sedgwick Natural Reserve during the opening August weekend of deer hunting season, one month later no new arrests had been reported, according to police sources.
Beefed up patrols by campus police, sheriff's deputies, and rangers from the state Fish and Game Department have contributed to keeping this hunting season quiet, said Sgt. Mark Vellekamp of UCSBPD. "Residents and visiting researchers last year reported seeing hunters on the Sedgwick land," he said. "That has not happened this year," though gun shots have been heard from the area of neighboring Figueroa Mountain.
Protected under California'" s Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995, the 5,900-acre reserve—one of six managed by UCSB—has four full-time residents. University researchers and their students may be on the property daily, and local grade school students and their teachers are regular visitors.
"There has been a long history of poaching problems at the reserve, which is exacerbated by the misconception that because our wildlife is protected the deer must be extra large," said Michael Williams, reserve director. "The potential for a serious incident is very high."
The initial arrests were for trespassing, shooting from vehicles, being drunk in public, and resisting arrest.
"The focus is to maintain a safe environment for the people who use and live on the reserve," said UCSBPD Sgt, Dan Massey. He and Vellekamp said that enforcing a "zero-tolerance" policy on firearms and trespassing at the educational facility would continue beyond the end of deer-hunting season, which was Sept. 23.