ALBION, NY-- An Orleans County judge on Thursday dismissed a legal action that sought to stop the annual squirrel hunting fundraiser that benefits the Holley Fire Department.
In tossing the case out of court, Judge James Punch said the event, known as the "Hazzard County Squirrel Slam," does not violate state environmental law, as the petitioner contended.
"The objection here to me appears to be an objection to the whole concept of hunting," Punch said. "Those that oppose this simply oppose the concept of hunting and of having a sort of festive atmosphere surrounding hunting."
The case was formally brought by a Wayne County woman, Lauren Sheive, who in court papers argued that the event required a review to assess the environmental impact of squirrel hunting.