Metro Vancouver, who manages our Lynn Headwaters Regional Park, has invaded our North Shore wilderness with a new "dog management" program effective Jan. 1 for a few individuals who were "scared." Now our dogs are to be trapped by our side on a leash in the wilderness where there are virtually no people nine months of the year. There are even signs saying dogs can't go in Lynn Creek anymore, which for all us families who have raised our children with dogs is preposterous.
These "law enforcers" need to learn that killing all the bears and cougars and locking up dogs will not stop scared people from being scared. Education on how to enjoy wilderness, nature and animals for these people who don't know how to be around animals is what's needed. There are infinite places for scared people to go where dogs have been banned and all bears and cougars killed. Trying to do that in our mountains is ridiculous. There are hundreds of dog walkers a day in these 9,214 acres of woods. One scared person should not be able to change the freedom to enjoy nature.
Lori Payne, North Vancouver