morning started out beautifully- nice and quiet, sun coming up, birds singing. passed a few runners, one group with well behaved off leash dog. ran into some walkers with a off leash dog on red fox- mine were on, but i let go & they all ran around. no harm.
mostly i keep echo back because he scares people with his big blackness and cropped ears. he also plays rough and doesn't tolerate bad dog manners, which other owners don't always appreciate (hint: if your dog's back hair is up when they approach another dog, don't expect a warm fuzzy greeting)
on down red fox, we find this- right on the trail, hard to miss. picked it up.
up across chickadee ridge and back down onto red fox and suddenly i am seeing poop all over. all of these piles were either right on or within 2 feet of the trail. i was not hunting high & low for poop. and yes it looked like dog poop, not coyote or anything.
come on people! this is the single biggest problem we have with dogs in the reserves and one of the main reasons there is discussion about taking away off leash access. this is ridiculous. 2 piles were within 4 feet of a trash can (guess the owner didn't have bags).
4 piles were in the currently on leash area. maybe we should enforce on leash in the on leash area and see if it reduces the amount of poop there before assuming that is the answer for most of the trails system.
as for the poop is icky to carry issue- i take a big freezer ziplock and put the individual poop bags in that. it reduces the smell and makes it easier to carry multiple bags (they never go just once). i put it in a back pocket (when we get going with the dog packs, they can carry it). ziplock can be reused.