The shiny, new parking lot at West Bragg Creek is now littered with cattle excrement and urine. Numerous cows and a horny bull are wandering around, making a mess of it.
This situation should be considered intolerable, but obviously there is a rancher with grazing rights and for some unknown reason, the provincial government is reluctant to put an end to it.
I have sent an email to my MLA, Cam Westhead, whose constituency also includes West Bragg, asking why this situation continues and why they won’t stop it.
Thousands of people recreate at West Bragg Creek, including kids and dogs. I observed a cow defecating in the creek, about 30 metres upstream from where the kids like to play in the water. I grew up on a farm with cattle, so I am aware of how much damage they can do to riparian areas.
While biking at West Bragg today, I had to dodge lots of cow manure which was on the trails. I also encountered a barbed wire fence which is an inconvenience for me, but is deadly for wildlife.
It’s ironic that dog owners are expected to clean up their dog’s poop when cattle create a much larger and dangerous mess without any concern.
Who wants to park their vehicle in a bunch of cow sh*t?