Park is being abused and neglected
Recently, near Votiers Flats in Fish Creek Provincial Park, I spotted a female bobcat with two kits. Based on the size of the female that crossed my path ahead, I initially wondered if it was a small cougar, as her shoulders appeared to come up to at least my knees but, thankfully, no, there was no long tail visible.
Though I have been in Fish Creek literally hundreds of times, this was only the second time I have seen a bobcat. Other creatures seen in Fish Creek include moose, coyotes, mink, mergansers, eagles, great blue herons, great horned owls and pileated woodpeckers.
Unfortunately, paving the main path into the west half of Fish Creek Park a few years ago brought a mob of other creatures — discourteous boy-racers in spandex tights covered in fake sponsor decals who race from one end of the park to the other, and now bikers packing boom-box backpacks — all oblivious to pedestrians and wildlife.
And lately, the amount of dog excrement left, bagged and unbagged, on the path for others to clean up has reached epic proportions.
Conservation officers seem all but absent to conserve, and to enforce the respectful use of, the park.
How sad that Fish Creek Provincial Park, the secondlargest urban park in Canada, with such potential to provide enjoyment of nature, is so neglected by those in charge and is disabused by so many.
Mike Priaro, Calgary
Everyone, from joggers down to the creatures that inhabit Fish Creek Provincial Park — including bobcats, mink and great blue herons — should be able to enjoy the second largest urban park in Canada, writes Mike Priaro.