I Don’t Understand
I love going to the National Parks yet, everwhere I go, I find garbage, even at more remote trails at higher altitudes. This garbage was at a roadside pull-off right outside the dumpster. Is this a sign of the blatant disregard for the sanctity of the National Parks or ignorance of how to open the bear-proof containers? I have become calmer over the years but sometimes hesitate to go to parks on weekends because I get so irate over the refuse blowing about only feet away from numerous, well-placed garbage recepticles. It is harder to take a photo in the wilderness without garbage cluttering up the picture.
This is not good for the animals or for us. Animals will lose their fear of humans and come closer and interact. While this may give us a false sense of being able to “commune” with the animals, the results are disasterous.The parks have an ad that says “a fed bear is a dead bear” because once they get a taste for food, they will come amongst humans. These animals will keep coming back until the parks people capture them and release them in a more remote location.Sometimes this works, sometimes the animals keep coming back., even chasing the people.or worse, attacking. Then the animal has to be destroyed. And the problem does not stop with bear-people contact.
Shortly before my arrival in the park 2 weeks ago, a local woman from town was walking her pet on a well-used trail above the town. A pack of wolves attacked her dog and ate it. She was powerless to do anything about it. The park closed the trail to hikers and printed posters that gave guidelines to keep pets on leash and what behavours to use if you come in contact with a wolf.