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Poll: Here's what survey respondents said about banning dogs from the Squamish Estuary to protect bears

Almost half of Squamish respondents say dogs should be kept out of the estuary for at least part of the year.
Photographer Chris Dale spotted this bear family in the Squamish Estuary before the attacks that closed the estuary on Nov. 3. The full estuary trail network is now open again.

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:

Yes 31.85 % local, 33.47 % total    
No 14.92 % local, 17.03 % total    
No, but there should be more enforcement of the on-leash rule 35.89 % local, 35.45 % total    
Yes, but just in the fall when bears are most under strain before hibernation 17.74 % local, 14.06 % total    
  Local   Total

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.

The Squamish Chief uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.

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