I was surprised to hear from friends with a holiday flat on the edge of the Mercantour National Park that they were recently warned not to walk their dogs in the Park. They were told they could be fined 1000 euros.
Does this apply to similar National Parks across France?
It may influence where people choose to live. For my friends it was the last straw and they have just sold up.
As your link goes on to explain … these areas are highly protected…
“This ban is also common to all national parks in France and is in no way specific to the Mercantour National Park: it appears in the ministerial decrees and applies to all visitors and even residents living in the area protected.”
Thanks for the link, but it’s worth noting an important exception in the final clause in Article 1 ‘… it is prohibited to walk dogs not on a leash outside forest paths during the period from April 15 to June 30.’
Firstly, there are no dog-walking ‘rights’. So, why anyone assumes they should be granted a right to walk their dog, off leash to boot wherever they like, surprises me as a dog owner.
I well understand my dogs are dogs, albeit doodles, and they do have prey instinct. Gentle as lambs with people and other dogs (and horses), no squirrel or other small furry is safe in their vicinity. They enjoy a wilderness walk but I do not think that takes priority over the safety of other little creatures. There are plenty of places we can choose to go that the nature reserve guardians have not placed under needed protection and closed off.
Indeed, UK has seen that dogs can be quite a hazard where there are baby lambs or goats or calves or wildlife. Even small dogs have teeth and legs and bark. The deaths every year caused by the ignorance of humans who do not know the natural instincts of dogs and imagine their own wishes trump any Do Not Enter signs is, in my opinion, if not brainless then arrogantly selfish.
Unfortunately our dog can’t read. So if a boar and it’s squeaking marcassins are close to a forest path he is rather quickly not on a forest path but in full chase. And as we learnt angry mama boar can charge, especially when herded back our way by our sheep dog. Not an experience I wish to repeat.