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Pets must be on leash at Quinte Conservation trails

All pets must be on leash while touring Quinte Conservation Area trails.

The Quinte Conservation executive board voted unanimously for the change at their last meeting.

“There have been an increasing number of complaints from the public about off leash dogs on the regular trails and owners not cleaning up after their pets,” said general manager Terry Murphy. “We met with our insurance company and were advised to either fence the Pooch Path or make all of our trails on leash trails.  The expense of fencing the trail means that is not an option for us.”

Terry Murphy

Terry Murphy

All dogs will be required to be on a leash at all of the Conservation Areas effective April 24, 2015.

“We have also had complaints about off leash dogs at other local Conservation Areas and other misuse of the areas such as littering and fires,” Murphy said. “The board has authorized staff to hire a security company to lay charges against those people who are not using the Conservation Areas properly.  Quinte Conservation wants everyone to use common sense when visiting Conservation Areas.  Anyone witnessing inappropriate behaviour on Conservation Authority property can help by calling the police. Users of all areas are asked to be prepared to take their garbage with them when the leave.”

Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency.  It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County.

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  1. Emily says:

    Well they howl yip all the time in the East Lake area. Years ago they would never approach a home or barn due to fear. Now they come in for cats, dogs whatever to feed on. They have cross bred and are also much larger. I do feel that young children could be at risk. The County failed to bring in a bounty as it ended in a tie vote. Natural Resources will say that a cull will not work but I dispute that logic as do many. Every dead coyote doesn’t reproduce. They have devastated the deer population as they are taking the majority of fawns born. Grouse and rabbits have been hard hit as well. Why they don’t feed on the coon population I haven’t determined yet.

  2. Marnie says:

    There used to be a heavy coyote population in my area of the county. I heard them often and saw them as well. In the past two years I have not heard them howling and I have not sighted any. This may not be the general trend but there are now a lot fewer coyotes in my neighbourhood. Terry’s article was excellent and was written in response to a letter to the editor in which someone expressed fear for the safety of humans. We may need to be aware and avoid taking chances with our pets for coyotes have killed a number of dogs in the county. I don’t think we are anywhere close to a crisis situation however.

  3. Emily says:

    Marnie regardless of what Terry wrote as I haven’t read it. Coyotes are behaving in a manner that we are not accustomed to. Their natural fear of humans and human surroundings has been greatly diminished. One reason for this is that they are not hunted like in the past. The other is scarcity of food given the coyotes population increase.

  4. Paul says:

    If you want to watch the Doggie video right click and select open in new window. Sorry about that

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