Fed up with ATV wetland damage
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