The Qwuloolt Estuary multi-use path on Ebey Slough in Marysville is a fantastic addition to the city. This walking, running and riding path fills a niche that benefits many. I run there regularly and see it utilized by people of all ages and physical abilities.
This week on a morning run I was dismayed and disturbed to hear gunshots right next to the trail. While I have heard and seen hunters on the slough in the past, never have they been so close to the path. This time, I turned around rather than keep running into an active firing range. I was not the only one: there were a half-dozen people and dogs on the trail that morning, and we all turned around because we feared for our safety.
Let me be clear: I do not have a problem with people hunting. I do have a problem when one hunter has a de facto monopoly on a public trail because no one wants to be in an area where there is live fire being shot in unpredictable directions. This area is too populous to be used as a sanctioned hunting preserve. If the city of Marysville truly wants to encourage the widespread appreciation and enjoyment of this remarkable habitat, the Qwuloolt Estuary should not be open to hunters.