Hunting and Trapping Prohibited in Homestead National Monument of America
Contact: Merrith Baughman, 402-223-3514
With the fall hunting season underway, Homestead National Monument of America Superintendent Mark Engler reminds the public that hunting and trapping within the boundaries of the Monument are prohibited.
The National Park Service was established in 1916 to help preserve our nation's natural and cultural heritage. Most National Park Service areas have been set aside as places where plant and animal communities can exist in their natural state with little interference from humans. Within Homestead National Monument of America, plants, animals and natural habitats are preserved. Deer and other wildlife may not be hunted, trapped, or otherwise disturbed.
For the protection of the public and the monument resources, the discharge of a firearm or use of a bow and arrow are also prohibited within the park's boundaries.
Although hunting is not allowed within the park, Superintendent Engler encourages anyone with an interest in viewing or photographing wildlife to bring their binoculars or cameras to the monument, one of Nebraska's designated Watchable Wildlife areas. Visit the park and observe wildlife in their natural surroundings.
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Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm.
Did You Know?
The Homestead Act of 1862, which gave away 160 acre claims, was repealed in the lower 48 states in 1976. In Alaska, claims could be filed up to 1986!
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