Source: Heber Wild Horses
Federally subsidized, privately owned (WELFARE) Cattle being driven on public lands put people at risk.
This occurred on July 11, 2019 at Black Canyon Lake in the Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. This is a lake where people go to enjoy nature by fishing, canoeing, hiking, picnicking, relaxing, and enjoying the peace. Today the peace was broken when privately owned cattle were driven through the parking lot, and up a hiking trail by the lake. With no regard for public safety the cattle were driven through. There were men, women, and children at the lake. Some people were forced to go up a steep embankment and climb boulders to try to get out of the way of the cattle. The cattle don’t just walk in an orderly single file fashion, they spread out and take different routes. No cowboy rode out ahead to make sure everybody was safely out of the way. Thankfully on this day, although there were some scrapes and bruises, everybody was okay. But what if a person had had a physical handicap and they were unable to get out of the way? What if a person was old and frail who could walk on the trail but couldn’t climb up a boulder? Or a little one who got separated from his/her parents in the scramble? Or a near term pregnant woman? This is supposed to be multi use land, not a private cattle ranch. Grazing cattle on public land is a privilege, not a right. Cattle don’t belong at Black Canyon Lake.
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