Union Pacific's Message To Hunters: "Don't Hunt On Tracks"

By: Channel 6 News Email
By: Channel 6 News Email

Union Pacific Railroad urges hunters to resist the temptation to hunt on railroad property this season.

Wildlife tend to migrate and feed along the edges of freshly harvested fields making these areas prime hunting spots.

With many fields adjacent to Union Pacific tracks, hunters find it very tempting to hunt on or near the tracks.

"As part of our ongoing UP CARES initiative, we want to remind hunters that walking on or near railroad tracks is extremely dangerous because you never know when a train will come along," said Dennis Jenson, assistant vice president-chief of police.

"It can take a mile or more to stop a train and by the time a locomotive engineer sees you on the track, it would be too late," said Dale Bray, director – public safety.

Through August of this year, nearly 26,000 people have been caught trespassing on Union Pacific Railroad property.

Trespassers on railroad property can be arrested for violating trespassing laws.

If they are caught, they could serve jail time and/or have to pay a fine.

Last year, 428 people died and 346 were injured while trespassing on railroad property throughout the United States according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

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