Protecting the East Alcove
On my previous post I discussed the importance of the Alcoves on Mosquito Creek and the abuse the East Alcove has been receiving from consistent dog pressure and the direct effect it is having on the Coho fry population.
Here is what I have done in an attempt to protect the alcove from dogs.
Firstly, I built a 3 tiered wall of natural debris along the south side of the entrance to the alcove.
Areas of Erosion / Dog Paths into Alcove
Although the entrance to the alcove is doing extremely well for preventing dog access, the areas along the "decommisioned trail" which is strictly "dog on lease only" seems to be the #1 area for dogs entering the alcove.
Since my DFO "salmon at work sign" seemed to have little effect, it was necessary I take measures into my own hands for beefing up protection. Especially since had I gone to City for help it would take them months or years to complete the construction of a proper fence.
Week after week I steadily added debris to the three main entrances that dogs had been using the access the alcove. Every other week it seemed a die-hard dog owner would remove pieces of the dog fences I had created. And so began my battle of adding more and more debris faster and faster than those owners could remove it.
Now it seems like I am at the point where it is about as good as it can get, I can clearly see evidence that some dogs are still making their way down as wet marks are left in the sand/dirt. I am confident that my efforst have reduced the dogs entering the alcove by about 50%, but my ultimate goal is to have a 99% reduction by way of a real fence.
I have gone to the City asking for help but have not yet heard back as to if they can provide assistance. I will be sure to post here first when I hear back from them.