The East Bay Regional Park District provides permanent sanctuaries for native wildlife and vegetation. Once abundant, these irreplaceable resources are rapidly disappearing. As pressures from the expanding human population increase, the parklands become even more important as refuges for wildlife. Most parks have reports of dog attacks on animals, particularly deer, ground-nesting birds, and recently, fish spawning areas in Redwood, Wildcat and Alameda Creeks. When dog owners cooperate with the rules, the impact of domestic animals on wildlife is reduced. We need to work together to protect the healthy and diverse wildlife population.
The Park District allows recreational use consistent with resource protection and preservation. Hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, runners, small children, senior citizens, dog-walkers, photographers, people in wheelchairs, bird watchers, and other nature study groups are all out on the trails, seeking a chance to get away from the urban environment. To help make multiple-use trails work, each user must be aware of the needs of others. All District visitors are required to comply with rules that have proved effective in providing for resource protection and a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Dog owners are a minority, so responsible owners should go slightly beyond the requirements to leave a positive impression. Every time dog owners bend or disregard the rules, they jeopardize their and other dog owners' continued welcome. It's perfectly appropriate to remind a fellow dog owner to pick up after his or her companion, or to leash their dog. It's a small step toward supporting the privilege of sharing and enjoying the parklands with your dog and other park users.