This past weekend while at a National Wildlife Refuge, there was a large no pets sign with a dog crossed out. While walking the trail back to my car, I ran into about three dogs and their owners on three separate occasions.
I didn’t say anything to them mainly because I didn’t understand exactly why no dogs were allowed on the trail at the time and thus wasn’t able to formulate something appropriate to say. I researched later the concerns of dog scent, delicate habitats, nesting, waste, etc, which gives me some idea of what to say to these folks in a future time.
When encountering individuals who break the rules at parks, reserves, or otherwise, what do you find yourself saying to them if you feel inclined to do so? Does this help enforce the rules in a reasonable way? Would people be open to changing their behavior after talking or does the place where such behavior originate from prevent the change of the behavior despite “legitimate” concerns? Do you report incidents to local rangers/authorities to talk about issues for the habitat?
Thanks for any input!