October 8, 2012 6:43 pm Published by 1 Comment

Reflections – Brian Bertold


            It has been many years since the red foxes were actively living on Presque Isle.  Last year and this, however, at least one maybe two dens have moved to the park.  Some of the regulars on the park have been able to follow the daily life of one of the families.

            First of all, they are beautiful and help keep the varmints at bay and they really do not bother people.  What could be wrong about that?  They seemed to know that we were watching and would pose for wonderful pictures.  In past blogs, I have posted pictures of them in their natural habitat.  Today I have included two so all of you can see these attractive little critters.

            The one den that we have been watching consisted of mom and dad plus four pups.  Once the pups were grown a bit, they were allowed out of the den to explore the big outside world.  Most of us knew this would be trouble at some time.  Well, over the weekend, one of the foxes was killed by a passing car.  This is a real shame.

Quiet Morning on Presque Isle – – Brian Berchtold

   This brings me to my pet peeve on Presque Isle.  Well, it is one of two that really bother me.  The other one is the first class slobs who leave trash all over the park and/or just throw junk out of the windows of their cars as they speed down the Presque Isle road.  That brings me to the drivers who completely ignore the posted 25 mile per hour speed limit.  Just the other day while driving on the park, I was passed by a thoughtless driver going at least 50 miles per hour.

            Apart from the fact that the speed limit on Presque Isle is only 25, the dangers of speeding on Presque Isle are too many to number.  First of all, there are continuously children and adults riding bikes on or crossing the road, runners and walkers are constantly moving all over the park; large and small animals are on or along the roadway, plus you nearly always encounter slow driving new visitors enjoying the scenery of the park for the first time.  

            I know the Park Rangers TRY to do their best to keep a constant lookout for speeders on the park.  However, the budget cuts that are finding their way up from Harrisburg make them limited in their ability to do a good job.  Enforcement of speeding regulations is and should be only a part of their jobs.  That means the driver on Presque Isle SHOULD know better than to speed with so many risks involved.

            An incident that happened at the park recently really bothered me.  At the roadway at Waterworks, special signs have been placed in the crosswalk that tells drivers to stop for walkers.  An older disabled man, who was wheeling himself in a wheelchair, was crossing the road when a car came down the road at a fairly high speed and laid on his horn and screamed out the car window at the man to get the  H – – out of the road. This actually made the poor man in the wheelchair panic. He stopped right where he was.  At this, the driver just when around him and drove off.    

Mom and Kids – Brian Berchtold ANOTHER ANIMAL THAT IS IN DANGER

            Poor driving habits, speeding, breaking courtesy rules and not paying proper attention to the roadway has taken one of the most beautiful residents of the park in a very gruesome way.  I cannot be sure exactly how this happened, but more careful driving on Presque Isle should be all of our goals.  PLEASE, when you are on the park, keep your eyes open for others, both people and animals.

See you on the park!!



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  • I currently live in Pittsburgh and visit Presque Isle as often as I can. The trash I see along my favorite trails and roadways infuriates me. I always bring hefty trash bags with me on my visits so I can scoop up all the trash I see as I hike my favorite paths. And the vehicals that travel at high speeds?… I have witnessed this for years! The animals living on Presque Isle pay the price for those who don’t think or don’t care. Still… I love this park and will always care for and support all the positive happenings here. Please everyone – love and protect this gem of nature!

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