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Off-leash dogs badgering livestock is the main reason behind the closure of a Courtenay trail.
The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) has closed a portion of the One Spot Trail between Tsolum Spirit Park and Fitzgerald Road until March.
The district says this is to protect agriculture interests in this area from off-leash dogs.
One Spot Trail location. Supplied by the Comox Valley Regional District)
“We need to prioritize agriculture in this area as it is located on ALR lands, and that public use of the trail, especially dogs off leash, is negatively impacting agricultural cattle calving,” explains Mark Harrison, CVRD Manager of Parks.
“Efforts to control dogs off leash in this area have been unsuccessful and therefore a trail closure is required during this critical period. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this closure.”
The One Spot Trail is located primarily along the former railway grade of the Comox Logging and Railway Company.
It’s a multi-use trail popular with horse riders, cyclists, runners and walkers.
This portion of the trail is expected to reopen in early March once calving season has finished.
The district says it’s important to note that dogs are required to be on a leash on all sections of the One Spot Trail to protect agriculture and farm animals at all times.
“Documented incidents reflect the seriousness of off leash dogs on livestock,” the district said.
Dog leashing is required and strictly enforced due to close proximity of the trail to farm operations and livestock.
The CVRD warns that incidents with dogs off leash or on a farm property, whether they are chasing/harassing livestock or not, will result in fines.
Letting dogs run off leash could result in a $100 fine.
Allowing dogs to run at large, attack or pursue livestock is also punishable under the Livestock Act.
You can find more information on the One Spot Trail here.