-CBC reporter Sarah Lawrynuik interviews Peter Tucker from GBCTA-
Update Sep 5: Here’s the web story from CBC Plenty of poop on freshly paved parking lot irks outdoor enthusiasts
CBC reporter Sarah Lawrynuik was at the West Bragg Creek parking lot today, doing interviews regarding the cattle situation in the West Bragg Creek parking lot. For some background, see my previous update Disgusting, repulsive situation at West Bragg Creek.
I was expecting to see something on tonight’s news, but it didn’t materialize. I believe the CBC was unable to track down the rancher who has the grazing allotment, and they like to get both sides of the story, so hopefully we’ll see something tomorrow.
I had the pleasure of meeting two of the men who were instrumental in creating the West Bragg Creek multi-use trail system, Eric Lloyd and Peter Tucker. Peter is one of the interviewees and he was giving some excellent insight into the situation. I learned a lot that I wasn’t aware of.
This week, I’m also expecting to hear from the MLA for Bragg Creek, Cameron Westhead, who said he was going to look into the situation.
This article in the Calgary Herald about grazing leases will make you cringe Financial watchdog “flabbergasted” at foregone grazing lease dollars.
Cattle and E Coli
Dr. David Cebuliak, one of the volunteers at WBC, who also happens to be a clinical lecturer, emergency medicine, faculty of medicine, at U of C, has sent me two scientific papers that highlight the significant public health risk posed by E Coli 0157.
Cebuliak says “E Coli 0157 can be acquired from direct contact with Cows and their feces ( ie not necessarily from ingestion of contaminated food). The most important risk is development of Hemolytic-Uremic Syndrome ( HUS)- a significant cause of acute kidney injury in children and increasingly in adults. It can be fatal especially for children.
As highlighted in these papers, a parking lot or field with significant amounts of cow manure present is a risk to public health that we need to work with Government to mitigate.”
On another note, I’ve been enjoying the biking on the wonderful trails at West Bragg Creek. I’ve biked quite a few of them, and still have many to check out. I was diligent about avoiding all the fresh manure on the trails so that I wouldn’t drag it home on my bike tires. I observed a 3-year-old boy joyfully playing “candy-on-a-stick” with dried out cowpies.