Letter: Let there be leashes

Spring is here and we’re all coming out of hibernation along with our furry friends. Migratory birds are visiting, waterfowl and mammals are building nests for their young, and our vegetation is coming back. This is a time to give our flora and fauna space to flourish and multiply, so that we can all see and observe.

Unfortunately, unleashed dogs running amok destroy these habitats. Dogs in the animal world are looked upon as predators, and cause wildlife to be stressed.

Wild animals will not go where they can smell the scent of a dog. Yelling and whistling to corral unleashed dogs is unnatural and irritating to both wildlife and to people without dogs who enjoy the peace and quiet of a nice walk, just like you do.

Unleashed dogs also leave excrement behind, sometimes unseen by the owner. Animals that brush through areas posted as having poison ivy and ticks on plants(Lyme Disease) can also transmit it.

Perhaps law abiding dog owners could ask offending dog owner’s to please comply.

Let’s make this a park for everyone to enjoy: people, animals and vegetation.

Clyde Robinson


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