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Why aren't dogs allowed?

Thank you for respecting this rule to protect this important natural area!

We love dogs at the Western New York Land Conservancy! In fact, many of our staff are dog lovers and own dogs themselves. 

 

However, domestic dogs have been proven to have a significant impact on natural areas. The obvious reasons include pollution from abandoned waste, and harassment of wildlife from small mammals like squirrels and Fisher’s, to large animals like coyotes, deer, and black bears.

 

This can be a problem, especially during times of the year when animals are especially vulnerable such as winter and breeding seasons.  Dogs have also been shown in scientific studies to significantly impact ground-nesting birds.