Why don’t dogs have completely free access to protected areas? What causes individual organizations to define perfect restrictions or restrict the freedom of movement of 4-legged friends? What problems could a dog represent for nature? These questions have come to everyone’s notice National Parks of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise (PNALM) Following the publicity on social media by the news agency about the administrative fines imposed on two persons by the park guards for taking a dog to a prohibited path by multiple users. The organization has decided to answer the questions publicly again, with an educational Facebook post. The explanations provided by PNALM represent a text that is not limited to park areas, but extends to all protected areas of Italy (and beyond). In fact, each park has its own laws on the subject, but the scientific reasoning behind these rules is always the same.. Let’s find out together.
A whimsical dog – photo Pixabay @ Nick115
Leash on a trek with a dog – Photo Unsplas @ Wilfried Santer
Photo Unsplas @ Lucas Ludwig
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Dogs without paws – Photo Unsplash @ Sasha Sashina
A Pussy Dog – Photo Pixabay @ Pasja1000
That’s what science says
“Like a dog, a cow, a cat or a sheep, a pet. When you go through a natural environment, away from the city, you enter a context Wild animal houseElusive by nature and shy of man, some endangered – PNALM – Explains. As difficult as it is for many to accept, The dog is no longer part of the nature, ecosystem and balance that controls them; Its presence in highly natural areas is considered exotic, ‘potentially harmful’ and therefore it must be managed and controlled in the same way as humans who have lived for some time, abandoning wildlife. A natural area Mostly ‘wild’If the dog is inhabited by a species that has atheistic fears, it is inconsistent with their presence. “
The following factors have identified 65 out of 153 paths in PNALM where it is not possible to go with the dog. Because, as expected, Extends to any other protected area.
- The dog can Avoid master control Chasing and hunting wildlife, even killing small and medium sized people. For this reason, dogs are allowed to go wherever they are allowed Always keep a notchAs the law reiterates.
- Dogs, even when controlled by their owners, always leave traces of their passage: hair, feces, odors, and regional markings can affect the behavior of other wild animals, resulting in their physiological and biological damage.
- In the case of direct encounters with wild animals, the dog’s mere sight (recognized by them as an adversary or predator) may be Stress or unexpected reactions By wild animals.
- Annoying wildlife (especially chamois – deer – row deer or, more simply, small mammals and birds whose presence we do not always notice) Leave their little ones, Seeing their biological cycles change, they disperse from the herd and leave the resting or feeding place.
- The dog’s hard and liquid excrement, as well as representing a vehicle for disease transmission, indicates the presence of endangered species in many wild species, as they identify such signs. Hunter (In the case of prey) or a Intruder (In the case of wolves). This creates stress and unrest among the population present.
- We can have dogs Vectors of many pathologies Parasitic and infectious, dangerous to wildlife and may introduce new disease agents from the wild environment, for which the immune systems of wild animals and dogs do not have an effective response. Unlike domestic animals, wild animals do not get the care or prevention they need for all the diseases that affect them. Can send dogs Very contagious disease: Distemper, leptospirosis, measles, intestinal parasite, echinococcosis.