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Malloy Vetoes Bill Allowing ATVs At State Parks And Beaches To Protect Birds

Move Garners Praise Fron Environmentalists
An all-terrain vehicle on a beach (file / credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

An all-terrain vehicle on a beach (file / credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - Just days before the holiday weekend, Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy vetoed a bill that would have allowed all-terrain vehicles at state parks and beaches.

Walking along the beaches in the state, one might see spot roped off nesting areas of endangered piping plovers.

Milan Bill, senior director of conservation for the Connecticut Audubon Society, told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau that Malloy’s action will be a big help in protecting the nesting birds and their baby chicks.

“They can’t fly. So they run across the beach when they see a predator coming and they hide in the depressions and if the depression is the tracks from an ATV or off-road vehicle the next one to come by just crushes them,” Bull told Schneidau.

Prior to the holiday weekend, the Audubon Society roped off some of the very sensitive nesting areas in an effort to spare the newly hatched plovers from the crowds on the beach.

Bull said just walking near them can be life-threatening.

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