Fed up with ATV wet­land dam­age

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - FORUM -

Af­ter some de­lib­er­a­tion I have de­cided to re­port on the to­tal dis­re­gard of our wet­lands and pri­vate prop­erty on the North­ern Bruce Penin­sula by some ATV users.

I know that there are many re­spon­si­ble, ma­ture own­ers who re­spect peo­ple’s prop­erty and our en­vi­ron­ment. How­ever, it only takes a few to do con­sid­er­able dam­age to wet­lands and give ATVers a bad name. These in­di­vid­u­als dis­re­gard no-tres­pass­ing signs, pri­vate or other graphic rep­re­sen­ta­tions pro­hibit­ing ac­cess and uses. They drink, uri­nate, and tear up marshes and prop­erty that be­longs to oth­ers and some il­le­gally hunt on ATVs or on foot. They think that other peo­ple’s prop­erty is their own per­sonal play­ground. I say buy your own prop­erty and stay off oth­ers’.

Most re­cently what ap­pears to be hun­ters tore up our marsh, we be­lieve duck or goose hun­ters. These peo­ple are too lazy to get off their machines and walk. They just tear up pro­tected species habi­tat and leave an un­sightly mess to re­cover which will take some time. Oh but they have all the fancy machines and gear and waders.

If we dis­cover who you are we will have you charged. Enough of let­ting peo­ple off with warn­ings. I think it would be karma to have them re­ceive a tres­pass­ing charge and a mis­chief charge which may af­fect their em­ploy­ment.

We go to our prop­erty to re­lax and en­joy the species, the mas­sas­auga rat­tlesnake, or­chids, fisher, snap­ping tur­tles, and other flora and fauna and crea­tures liv­ing there. Now we get to sit by the marsh and look at the mess that was made and this is the sec­ond time this year. Never be­fore has some­one torn up our marsh, but peo­ple are get­ting more brazen, lazy and don’t have any re­spect for oth­ers. I’m sure they wouldn’t ap­pre­ci­ate us uri­nat­ing on their prop­erty, drink­ing, hunt­ing and tear­ing up their lawn at their home.

These peo­ple have been re­ported to the OPP. I hate to di­vert po­lice re­sources to deal with these in­di­vid­u­als but that is what it has come to. Our prop­erty is ac­cessed by Lind­say Road 20 on the North­ern Bruce Penin­sula and I hope other prop­erty own­ers start re­port­ing tres­passers and il­le­gal hunt­ing be­cause they will be back and it will get worse. Send any pho­tos to the OPP and have them dealt with. We know that our in­ci­dents in the past have been com­mit­ted by peo­ple liv­ing or sea­son­ally liv­ing/us­ing in the same area. Pretty sad that peo­ple be­foul their own back­yards.

I also hope that the OPP in­crease pa­trols in the area and that the MNRF help to pre­vent this dam­age to the pro­tected wet­lands and hold those ac­count­able. I also hope that if you’re with in­di­vid­u­als do­ing this dam­age that you do not par­tic­i­pate -- you can’t pick your fam­ily but you can sure pick your friends and there are a lot of good peo­ple out there that can en­rich your life, not pol­lute it.

Carol Porter Geor­gian Bluffs

Dam­age to wet­land near Sadler Creek. SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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