Bighorn Country is under attack by recreational users

I am responding to the letter to the editor of Jan. 12 from Paula Lamoureux of Pigeon Lake.

We have camped at Bighorn Dam for several years now, and have seen little or no control over the area.

It seems to me that quite a number of campers deem it their God-given right to use the area for a garbage dump.

They cut down healthy trees for firewood (even when there is lots of deadfall available), cut new trails for their ATVs or dirt bikes, drive at excessive speed and with small children in their lap, let their dogs run loose to harass the wildlife and leave fires unattended.

The list could go on and on. Without some control and laws made and enforced, what will be left for coming generations to enjoy?

The wildlife is already harassed to the point of declining numbers.

So when it comes to evaluating the Bighorn proposal, there is more to it than driving from Rocky Mountain House to the icefields and enjoying the view.

Without some government intervention and strict, enforceable regulations, I am afraid the Bighorn does not have much of a future.

Bob Brewer, Innisfail

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