The Squamish Chief polled 505 readers and asked the question: Do you think dogs should be banned from the Squamish Estuary to protect wildlife within it?
The Squamish Estuary recently reopened.
Portions of the popular trail network were closed a few weeks ago after two separate bear attacks on pedestrians. These attacks, which both occurred on Nov. 3, were believed to be the result of a mother bear and yearling being unintentionally startled by people passing through a trail.
One of the suggestions from the Conservation Officer Service (COS) was that perhaps dogs were contributing to the distress of the bears.
The reader poll ran from 11/11/2022 to 11/26/2022. Of the 505 votes, we can determine that 248 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:
Results are based on an online study of adult Squamish Chief readers that are located in Squamish. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 4.3%, 19 times out of 20.
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