Generally speaking, sport hunters and the precious metals industry get along rather well. Not only is there a rich history of silver mining interests playing a crucial role in the development of the American West, but many modern-day frontiersman today have also become avid bullion stackers themselves.
You can even find hunting-themed designs on silver bullion that have gained collectible status among sporting clubs and lodges. The two interests often go hand-in-hand.
However, a mining firm in Alaska has been running into "close calls" with the local hunting community, and is asking the government to step in and do something about it.
Brushes With Danger
Hecla Greens Creek Mining Co. operates a silver mine that is (aptly) named Greens Creek Mine, located near the capital city Juneau.
Recently, its employees have had more than one run-in with hunters in the area. Miners complained that the firing of guns near the mine has created a hazard to their safety.
Although there are currently no restrictions on hunting game at the location, it's not hard to imagine how nearby gunshots could be disruptive for mineworkers. The actual chances of someone being hit by a stray bullet are extremely low, and thus far there have been no injuries, but Hecla employees are concerned all the same.
Aside from the potential problems that hunting close by creates for the mine, it's perhaps easier to understand how it's also an unnecessary risk for the hunters.
There have been close calls, especially at night or in the darkness of the early morning, along the Greens Creek Mine's primary travel paths. One dirt road that leads to the mining site is frequented by the company's trucks. It's often difficult for the drivers to see hunters along the road in the dark. There is also the risk associated with all of the large machinery around the site.
According to a press release from AP, Hecla is now seeking legal relief via a ban on hunting game near its premises. The firm has appealed to the state gaming board, which oversees all hunting regulations in Alaska.
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