The Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge announced Friday a one-month extension for public comments on a , airboats, horseback riding and other activities.

The refuge, which extends across 227 square miles west of U.S. 441, has issued a draft that would allow hunting for deer and hogs, expand alligator and duck hunting and allow a wide range of other activities, including dog-walking, frogging, camping and small-scale weddings and other ceremonies.

A previous expansion of hunting, which had allowed hunters to go after alligators, was met by protests from animal-rights activists and environmentalists.

The refuge said the extension of the comment deadline from Oct. 8 to Nov. 8 came in response to “numerous requests from the public.”

Comments may be submitted to or by mail to Natural Resources Planner, P.O. Box 924, Freeport, FL 32439

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