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ask-the-dust has a bone to pick:
I have a particular pet peeve (no pun intended) with people who go hiking and let their dogs run off leash. Wildlife biologists have shown that dogs off leash flush wildlife at really great distances - much greater than dogs on leash or people hiking without dogs...Flush distance is really important because wildlife survival depends largely on conserving energy expenditure. When wildlife are flushed from the spot, they spend a lot of energy traveling to another place. So when thousands of people are hiking on trails everyday with dogs off leash, it likely causes big population declines in wildlife.
What do you think? Is this an overreaction, or should leash laws be stricter? Join the discussion.