Man cited for violating Westport's hunting ban
A Westport man was charged Monday afternoon with violating the town's ban on hunting.
The incident took place as several committees of the Representative Town Meeting review the no-hunting ordinance, with advocates of changing the ban contending that controlled hunting would limit the burgeoning deer population.
Andrew Beckwith, 42, of 15 Turkey Hill Road South, was cited Monday at approximately 3:30 p.m. for violating the no-hunting ordinance, police said.
Police were called to the Charcoal Hill Common area on a report that an individual appeared to be trespassing. Beckwith was found in a clearing in a wooded area where he had set up a camouflage tent and a tree stand, police said. He had a compound bow and arrows, according to the report.
Police said Beckwith admitted that he was planning to hunt deer, but said that he had the property owner's permission. The property owner reportedly confirmed that he had given Beckwith permission to hunt on his property.
Beckwith was issued an infractions summons, and left the area without incident, police said.