Leaving Only Footsteps? Think Again

To: Peter Shute <>
Subject: Leaving Only Footsteps? Think Again
From: Martin Butterfield <>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:25:42 +1100
I wonder who sponsored the research that showed snowmobiles were not much
of an issue?  My nominations would be some entity associated with
snowmobiles.  I have never ridden one of these appalling devices but have
come across moose several times while walking in Canada and the U.S.  They
paid no attention to the humans at all but simply carried on grazing or
wading as they appeared to be doing before we arrived.

I tend to be very suspicious of such research that seems to show access by
park people is OK but us mere mortals have to be kept out.


On Tuesday, 17 February 2015, Peter Shute <> wrote:

> This article from the New York Times discusses the effects of recreation
> on nature. Surprisingly, one study found that snowmobiles had less effect
> on moose than cross country skiers - the animals were less afraid of the
> machines they could hear coming and which soon left, than the skiers who
> they couldn't hear as well and which stayed longer.
> Not a very Australian example, but it makes you wonder if we birders might
> have more effect than we think, wandering slowly and quietly through the
> bush looking at stuff.
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