Should Dog Walking Be Banned On UCSC’s Coastal Campus?
Readers of this blog may recall our coverage of Santa Cruz County’s off leash dog debate. Well, virtually the same issue appears to be coming again to the fore, this time involving the university.
UC Santa Cruz recently unveiled plans to ban all dog walking – leashed or unleashed – on its marine campus near the Younger Lagoon Reserve. Many local dog walkers had been used to taking strolls along the trail at the end of Delaware Street, but now would have to stop out of concern for the native wildlife around the lagoon.
The lagoon is one of 39 nature reserves in the UC System. University officials point out that all the other reserves forbid dogs from entering, as the sites are meant for research and learning about local flora and fauna. Dog owners, on the other hand, point out that the vast majority of walkers are responsible for the pets and make sure to pick up after their dogs. Furthermore, the new $54 million biology building the university is building there will surely have a larger impact on the environment than any amount of dog walking.
UC Santa Cruz officials plan to accept community input over the next month on the proposed rules, which are scheduled to go into effect June 1st.
Should dogs be banned on UCSC’s coastal campus? Vote and comment on the proposal here.
Should dog walking be banned on UCSC’s coastal campus?
UC Santa Cruz recently unveiled plans to ban all dog walking – leashed or unleashed – on its marine campus near the Younger Lagoon Reserve.