Another local controversy is a-brewin’, and this one involves people and their dogs, which escalates the tension level immediately to DEFCON 1. The NPS offered a Dog Management Plan to close some parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to off-leash dogs. Dogs have lobbyists on par with the NRA it seems – our feisty local Rep. Jackie Speier is taking up the issue, and has strong words in opposition to the Park Service. Listen to this:
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a “regional jewel,” she said. But she added, “It’s not Yellowstone. It’s not Yosemite. It is an urban area. We superimposed a national recreation area on it and then started to slowly but surely exclude areas for people to recreate in it. That’s just un-American.”
More often than not I’m in solid agreement with Jackie, but we must part ways on this one. Didn’t we actually superimpose an urban area on wilderness, and slowly but surely exclude areas for wild animals? That sounds pretty darned American to me.
Here’s a picture of a dog on leash, with a skilled handler, enjoying a day out in the GGNRA. See, you don’t have to be off-leash to have a good time. Flickr photo by btwashburn.
I’m going to take a closer look at the NPS Dog Management Plan, and see if it extends to our front yard.