I saw 3 teenagers with backpacks and bicycles at Springwater Provincial Park last Friday afternoon at about 4 pm at the wolf enclosure.
One of the boys was standing between the 4 foot external fence and the 10 foot interior chain link fence (see below, x 2).
When I approached the enclosure, the kid saw me and jumped the four foot fence into the forest.
And, unbelievably, the 2nd of the 3 dropped down from the much taller interior fence he had scaled.
The 3 of them then buggered off on their bikes.
Was the brat thinking of jumping into an enclosure with a trapped wolf? I guess he may not know what a cornered wolf can do to a kid. Or was he just going to harass her with a slingshot or something else?
This incident raises some question about the security being provided for these orphaned animals.
Chrissy: A special case because she has to put up with dog owners who disregard the “All Animals must be Leashed” signs the MNR has posted. It is still the rule and not the exception for dog owners to let their animals run free once in the park.
MNR Responsibility: This type of juvenile and endangering public behavior is predictable when the Ministry of Natural Resources decides to act in bad faith by abandoning their wildlife conservation, park enforcement and land stewardship responsibilities. It seems logical to assume these animal harassment behaviors will escalate over time when there is no enforcement of park standards.
It has been (at least) 7 1/2 months of MNR abandonment, non-supervision and dithering.
Why does the Minister and Premier continue to allow these wretchedly-housed animals being subjected to increasing risk?