|Sent on:||Tuesday, December 27, 2011 1:05 PM|
Thanks for fwd’ing this one on!
Please read the messages below and spread the word that leaving food items in the forest for any reason is a bad thing.
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From: Morgan, Cid -FS <[address removed]>
Date: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Subject: [CibolaTrailRangers] RE: Trash on the Trails
To: "[address removed]" <[address removed]>
Cc: "Sattler, James F." <[address removed]>, Lawrence Benson <[address removed]>
Thank you Bill! And if someone complains about removing these items, especially food items, you can remind them we have a Forest Order that prohibits being more than 100 feet from food items. If they are leaving out food items, they are inviting bear/human interactions in the future which always end badly for the bears. And bears to not "hibernate" for the entire winter, they do get up, pee, stretch, etc. then go back to sleep. So even in the winter, leaving food out is an invitation to a future bear/human disaster. Not to mention they could get a ticket for littering….
Thanks again for all your hard work!
A sure sign of the Holidays is the “decorated” trees on the trails. Yesterday I removed a medium sized trash bag full of “decorations” (mostly oranges, peppers, popcorn strings, and balls of suet) from a tree on 305. Please keep an eye out for decorated trees on the trails and carry a trash bag with you. Other places that usually get hit are the creek crossing just north of Simms Park Road on 365, the areas just south and just north of the 230/365 intersection, and the wilderness trail that connects 365 with 230 at the northern junction of the Domingo Baca connector. Trash usually ranges from food items, to packaged food items (gel packs and power bars), and glass globe ornaments.
If somebody asks you about why you are removing “decorations”, besides the obvious not feeding wild animals, and LNT principals, there is also the fact that the people that put up these “decorations” never intend to take them down (like the ones you see on the highway) and at best, they become trash. At worst, they become hazards for the animals. Some of the orange slices on the decorations I removed had plastic tooth picks in them. I’m sure a wild animal would not know how to remove those before eating the orange slice?
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